Teaching Critical Thinking on the Internet: Skills Teacher Candidates Need to Access Effective Online Resources

Virtual Brief Paper ID: 40097
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    Esther Ntuli
    Idaho State University
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    Lydia Kyei-Blankson
    Illinois State University

Abstract: When given an assignment, most teacher candidates begin searching for information from the internet. One of the most commonly used search engines in the quest for information is Google. The questions are-Are the teacher candidates learning how to use search engines effectively? What are strategies used by teacher candidates to search for information? The study used a qualitative approach in the collection and analysis of data. Findings indicate that there is need to teach teacher candidates how to search for information effectively using online search engines, and to use critical thinking skills when analyzing and assessing the reliability or ethos of the information they access from the internet. This paper outlines critical thinking skills and strategies needed by teacher candidates to access credible information online.


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