Students' evaluation of digital information: The role teachers play and factors that influence variability in teacher behaviour
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Original versionHatlevik IK, Hatlevik OE. Students' evaluation of digital information: The role teachers play and factors that influence variability in teacher behaviour. Computers in Human Behavior. 2018;83:56-63 http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2018.01.022
Students deal with large amounts of digital information each day, which, clearly, they need to be able to evaluate. Teachers can play pivotal roles in fostering students’ evaluation of digital information. Here, using Norwegian data drawn from 1,158 teachers in 116 schools, we report on an investigation into ways in which variables interact and influence such fostering. Overall, most teachers are found to report that student skills in evaluating digital information are a focus of instruction, especially in respect of the evaluation of accuracy, credibility and relevance. In addition, the results show moderate to high positive associations among the use of information communication and technology (ICT) in teaching generally, ICT self-efficacy for instructional purposes, collegial collaborations and the teacher fostering (of students’ capabilities to evaluate digital information). Finally, a structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis indicates that the use of ICT in teaching and ICT self-efficacy for instructional purposes are positive predictors of variations in teaching practices related to fostering students’ abilities to evaluate digital information.