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Will Google destroy western democracy? Bias in policy problem solving

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Will Google destroy western democracy? Bias in policy problem solving
: Democracy requires students to choose policy positions based on evidence, yet confirmation bias prevents them from doing so. As a preliminary step in building a policy reasoning tutor, this study identifies where bias occurs during the search and analysis of evidence in a policy reasoning task. 60 university students played an on-line game in which they chose which of four policies would increase school performance. The between-subjects design compared a free search group who searched for evidence in google-like environment, to a sequential presentation group who read all available evidence, and manipulated whether the evidence confirmed or disconfirmed students’ prior beliefs. The study measured the impact on students’ evidence-based recommendations, their change in beliefs, and their recall of the evidence. Results showed that students did not cherry-pick evidence nor discount disconfirming evidence. However, students’ extreme confidence in their initial beliefs usually preve...
Matthew W. Easterday, Vincent Aleven, Richard Sche
Added 25 May 2010
Updated 25 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where AIED
Authors Matthew W. Easterday, Vincent Aleven, Richard Scheines, Sharon M. Carver
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