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Sheri Edwards

Evaluating Sources: The CRAAP Test - Information Literacy Research Skill Building - LibGuides @ WSU Libraries at Washington State University - 0 views

    "Currency The timeliness of the information: When was the information published or posted? Does the time period that the information was published matter in relation to your topic? When was the information last revised? (onine often found in the footer area) If reviewing a web source, are the links current or are they broken? Relevance or Coverage The importance of the information in relation to your topic: What is the depth of coverage? Is the informtion provided central to your topic or does the source just touch on your topic? Is the information unique? Who is the intended audience? Basically, is the information at the appropriate level for your research or does it target a different type of audience? Is better information available in another source? Authority Consider the source: Can you tell who wrote it? If the author is not identified who is the sponsor, publisher, or organization behind the information? Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations listed? Is contact information available? Is the source reputable? Accuracy The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content: Where does the information presented come from? Are the sources listed? Are the sources reputable? Can you verify the information in other sources or from your own knowledge? Corroborate! Does the language or tone seem free of bias or ideologically based arguments? Purpose or Objectivity The reason the information exists: What is the purpose of the information? Inform? Teach? Sway opinion? Sell? Entertain? Can you determine possible bias? If you can are they clearly stated or do they become apparent through a close reading? Does the point of view appear objective? Does the site provide information or does it attempt to debunk other information? (Weighing positive evidence versus negative evidence) "
Sheri Edwards

Actually, practice doesn't always make perfect - new study - The Washington Post - 0 views

  • They found that how interested the students were in the passage was thirty times more important than how “readable” the passage was.
  • Maybe the right question to ask is: Why do some people decide to practice a lot in the first place? Could it be because their first efforts proved mostly successful?   (That’s a useful reminder to avoid romanticizing the benefits of failure.) Or, again, do they keep at it because they get a kick out of what they’re doing? If that’s true, then practice, at least to some extent, may be just a marker for motivation. Of course, natural ability probably plays a role in fostering both interest and success, and those two variables also affect each other.
  • By contrast, when the hours were logged, and the estimates presumably more reliable, the impact of practice was much diminished. How much? It accounted for a scant 5 percent of the variance in performance. The better the study, in other words, the less of a difference practice made.[1]
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  • What’s true of time on task, then, is true of practice — which isn’t surprising given how closely the two concepts are related.
    "The question now is what else matters." And there are many possible answers. One is how early in life you were introduced to the activity - which, as the researchers explain, appears to have effects that go beyond how many years of practice you booked. Others include how open you are to collaborating and learning from others, and how much you enjoy the activity."
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