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1 November 2018 Fake News with Real Consequences: The Effect of Cultural Identity on the Perception of Science
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Fake news and alternative science are increasingly popular topics of conversation in the public sphere and the classroom due to increasingly far-reaching social media and a shifting political climate. Promoting scientific literacy by providing opportunities for students to evaluate reports of contentious scientific issues and analyze the underlying factors that influence public perception of science is necessary for the development of an informed citizenry. This article describes a three-part learning activity useful for engaging biology students in evaluating the accuracy of science-related news reports, and reflecting upon the ways that social cues, religion, and political ideologies shape perception of science. These activities are appropriate for teaching about climate change, evolution, vaccines, and other important contemporary scientific issues in upper-level high school and undergraduate science courses.
and Kevin M. Bonney "Fake News with Real Consequences: The Effect of Cultural Identity on the Perception of Science," The American Biology Teacher 80(9), (1 November 2018). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2018.80.9.686
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