The whole truth is both too much and not sufficient

Lim, Kieran Fergus 2013, The whole truth is both too much and not sufficient, Chemistry in Australia, vol. November, pp. 33-33.

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Title The whole truth is both too much and not sufficient
Author(s) Lim, Kieran FergusORCID iD for Lim, Kieran Fergus
Journal name Chemistry in Australia
Volume number November
Start page 33
End page 33
Total pages 1
Publisher Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2013-11
ISSN 0314-4240
Keyword(s) Chemistry education
Quality of information
Relevance of information
Summary Lawyers and fans of legal drama will recognise the phrase “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. But relevance is also required. In a different context, students often mistakenly believe that quantity of truth will compensate for any deficiencies in quality and relevance.

The curricula of the various Australian jurisdictions, and the National Curriculum, encourage students to conduct research on the Internet. There is a wealth of good information on the Internet; there is also a lot of poor information. Students should learn to interrogate sources to discover if the author has expert knowledge in that area, and if the publisher or website has any quality assurance protocols.

Correctness and quantity of information does not compensate for deficiencies in quality and relevance. Useful scientific information has appropriate precision, accuracy and conciseness.

The Internet gives access to databases, to vast amounts of information, to primary and second-hand data, and to summaries and analyses of information. Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling often said that the use of computers is not a substitute for thinking, and the same is true of the Internet. Teachers will always be needed to guide students on the appropriate use of learning tools on the journey of discovery that we call education.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130309 Learning Sciences
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
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