Thursday, January 14, 2010

In search of credibility

Article in the latest issue of Information Research (open access)
Sundin, O. & Francke, H. (2009). "In search of credibility: pupils' information practices in learning environments" Information Research, 14 (4) paper 418.
"We aim to create an in-depth understanding of how pupils in [a Swedish] upper secondary school negotiate the credibility and authority of information as part of their practices of learning. Particular focus is on the use of user-created resources, such as Wikipedia, where authorship is collective and/or hard to determine. An ethnographic study was conducted ... The pupils make credibility assessments based on methods developed for traditional media where, for instance, origin and authorship are important. They employ some user-created sources, notably Wikipedia, because these are easily available, but they are uncertain about when these sources should be considered credible. "

Photo by Sheila Webber: Branches in snow, January 2010.

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