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Junk Science: Encouraging Critical Thinking in a Communication Research Methods Class

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Junk Science: Encouraging Critical Thinking in a Communication Research Methods Class

  1. 1. Junk Science: Encouraging Critical Thinking in aCommunication Research Methods Class Rosalind Tedford Director for Research and Instruction Services ZSR Library, Wake Forest University tedforrl@wfu.edu LOCATION HERE | MAY 12, 2009
  2. 2. Original „Junk Science‟ Assignment• Background• Purpose• Design• Execution• Afterthoughts• Adapting the idea: – One shots – 50 mins – For-credit – Assignments
  3. 3. Autism Example• News Reports – New York Times (Best) – PR Newswire (Meh) – Bloomington Alternative (Worst) – Coverage from a funding source (you decide)• Actual Study in Archives of General Psychiatry• New Republic Article
  4. 4. Other Sites for Inspiration• Google a phrase like: – “New research shows” – “New study finds” – “Researchers have found”• TimeHealthland• NY Times Health• NIH News in Health• NHS Behind The Headlines (from UK – they actually look at the real research)
  5. 5. Other Useful Links• NPR Story on scientific reporting and retractions• Parody news web site about a scientific article (BRILLIANT and the comments are even better)• The Lay Scientist Blog
  6. 6. Questions? Rosalind Tedford tedforrl@wfu.edu Presentation Available:http://www.slideshare.net/roztedford

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