Young people and the evaluation of information on the World Wide Web: Principles, practice and beliefs

Alison Pickard, Andrew Shenton, Andrew Johnson

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Abstract

A recurrent theme in LIS literature is the tendency of young people not to evaluate rigorously the information with which they come into contact. Although many information literacy models stress the need to take a critical approach, the reality of behaviour is often very different. Recent research conducted in an English high school has explored the importance that teenagers attach to ten particular evaluative criteria. 149 youngsters contributed data via an online questionnaire. Participants felt that information on the Web should be current/topical, free from spelling and grammatical errors and easily verifiable elsewhere but authorship was much less of a priority to them. The findings are likely to be of special relevance to information literacy teachers who are defining priorities for their own programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Volume46
Issue number1
Early online date23 Dec 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014

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