Searching for reliable information
Where do you find information? How do you assess the reliability of information? Have you seen ”fake news”? What is the significance of reliable information and science in society and as a part of our everyday life? In what different ways can you tell about matters to others and share information?
Searching for Reliable Information contains a variety of assignment and discussion ideas. The challenge level of the assignments has been marked using asterisks. Some assignments are suitable for young children and other beginners. Some assignments require the ability to analyse media and one’s own actions and it has been primarily designed for the media education of young people and adults.
According to the traditional view, knowledge can be understood as a well-founded true belief. Through the Internet and mediasation we have the opportunity to access immense amounts of information. As the amount of available information increases, so does the significance of skills needed for locating and managing it as well as evaluating its reliability. Information helps us understand ourselves, others and the surrounding world.
The activity assignments of the ”Searching for Reliable Information” material deal with assessing the reliability of information sources and various media texts, recognising of misleading media content, as well as sharing information and producing media.
The material also pays special attention to science and research. Science is regarded as an essential part of society as well as an operational method and an opportunity that also people outside universities can participate in.