The role of modeling for “seeking truth” in an educational policy classroom

David C. Berliner

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2 Scopus citations


In an age where diverse media compete to bring news, facts, and ideas to the attention of the public, it is not uncommon to find that some of what is promulgated by these various sources of information is false knowledge. In the midst of the greatest diversity of ways to deliver information in the history of mankind, education has a more important role to play than ever before in teaching youth how to discriminate between what is likely to be true and what is not. This is especially necessary in a democracy because many of these untruths are deliberate, intended to sway political opinions. In this paper modeling is used as the preferred method to help college students in an educational policy course learn to verify or refute statements made by influential political figures. It is argued that fact checking skills in our information age are needed more than ever before, and is neither difficult nor time consuming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers and Advances in Positive Learning in the Age of InformaTiOn (PLATO)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030265786
ISBN (Print)9783030265779
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Fact checking
  • False knowledge
  • Modeling
  • Policy research
  • Political rhetoric
  • The liberal arts
  • Truth seeking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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