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Task 1.3.2 – Assess the credibility, point of view and objectivity of the author or publisher

 

Description of Task 1.3.2 – Assess the credibility, point of view, and objectivity of the author or publisher

This task deepens the validation of the quality of the information found, using criteria related to the people or groups who have written or published the information.

Supplemental Information

Students will assess the quality of the information found using three criteria. They observe, in the sources of information, clues allowing them to evaluate:

  • credibility (the authority of its author in his/her domain);
  • point of view (context);
  • objectivity (motivation or degree of neutrality of the author or publisher).

Requirements - Suggestions

To develop and demonstrate their mastering of this task, students can produce the following elements:

  • a grid of criteria, including a brief justification for each source selected or rejected;
  • a selected annotated bibliography;
  • a weighted evaluation grid.

Potential Tools

To complete this task, students can use the following tools:

  • a criterion-based evaluation grid;
  • a list of questions to answer;
  • a weighted evaluation grid.

In Practice

In Natural Sciences, the point of view is less evident while this criterion is fundamental in Social Science.

It is important that students make a distinction between texts that are mostly composed of opinions, facts or analyses.

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