Bad science infographic – great introduction to research and critical literacy

Getting students to understand the need to be employ critical literacy skills in their research process can be a challenge – it is, after all, so much simpler to just cut and paste!  This infographic shows some terrifying statistics about manipulation and lies in scientific research, and might be very useful in demonstrating the importance of looking deeper… the implications for all of us are very serious if we don’t.

Links at the end of the graphic might be mined for useful background, for example, this piece from the New York Times Fraud Case Seen as a Red Flag for Psychology Research, introduces serious concerns about research processes in the field of psychology.

Another link to the Guardian discusses the distortion and misrepresentation of scientific data in newspaper articles.

Recommended to science teachers embarking on a unit of research with senior students, and for library teams introducing the concept of critical literacy. An infographic like this might well be the foundation on which an entire unit of work is built – wouldn’t it be interesting to set up a unit where the purpose was for students to discover ‘bad science’ or ‘bad research’, and present the findings in their own infographic.  Could we call that flipped infolit?
Bad Science
Created by: Clinical Psychology

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