"New Research Shows" - or does it?
Using „Junk Science‟ in Information Literacy
Instruction
Rosalind Tedford
Director for ...
Background Info

• ZSR/WFU
• Who I am
• Our Information
Literacy Program
ACRL Information Literacy
Competencies for Higher Education
• Standard One: The information literate student determines th...
What is Junk Science??

Also:
News
Media
General „Junk Science‟ Exercise Info

• Students/Instructor find „junk
science‟ article
• Students/Instructor find
scholar...
Original „Junk Science‟ Assignment

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Background
Purpose
Design
Execution
Afterthoughts
Adapting the idea:
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Why Junk Science?
• Information Literacy Topics Addressed
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Search Strategies
Academic Publishing
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Resea...
Autism Example
• News Reports
– New York Times (Best)
– PR Newswire (Meh)
– Bloomington Alternative (Worst)
– Coverage fro...
Other Sites for Inspiration
• Google a phrase like:
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“New research shows”
“New study finds”
“Researchers ha...
Other Useful Links
• NPR Story on scientific reporting and retractions
• Parody news web site about a scientific article
(...
Image Sources

• http://amontenegro.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html
• http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/scie...
Questions?

Rosalind Tedford
tedforrl@wfu.edu
Presentation Available:
http://www.slideshare.net/roztedford
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"New Research Shows" - or does it? Using ‘Junk Science’ in Information Literacy Instruction

  1. 1. "New Research Shows" - or does it? Using „Junk Science‟ in Information Literacy Instruction Rosalind Tedford Director for Research and Instruction Services ZSR Library, Wake Forest University tedforrl@wfu.edu NCLA Biennial Conference | Winston-Salem, NC | October 2013
  2. 2. Background Info • ZSR/WFU • Who I am • Our Information Literacy Program
  3. 3. ACRL Information Literacy Competencies for Higher Education • Standard One: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed. • Standard Two: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently. • Standard Three: The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system. • Standard Four: The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. • Standard Five: The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
  4. 4. What is Junk Science?? Also: News Media
  5. 5. General „Junk Science‟ Exercise Info • Students/Instructor find „junk science‟ article • Students/Instructor find scholarly article referred to in the news story • Students compare what the scholarly article says with what the news story says it said • Discussion ensues • My stated goal: When they see, hear or read a story that says „new study shows‟ – they respond „I bet it doesn‟t‟
  6. 6. Original „Junk Science‟ Assignment • • • • • • Background Purpose Design Execution Afterthoughts Adapting the idea: – – – – One shots 50 mins For-credit Assignments
  7. 7. Why Junk Science? • Information Literacy Topics Addressed – – Search Strategies Academic Publishing • • • – – – – Research Process Peer Review Publication „Politics‟ Changing nature of news Google Search Issues Anatomy of Articles Critical Thinking • Student Engagement – Find examples that interest them • Active Learning • CRITICAL THINKING
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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)
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Image Sources • http://amontenegro.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html • http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/science_idol/2011science-idol-contestants.html
  12. 12. Questions? Rosalind Tedford tedforrl@wfu.edu Presentation Available: http://www.slideshare.net/roztedford

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