A survey by online tutors YourTutor.com.au has revealed that in 1200 households with children aged 5 to 18, 84 per cent of children turn to Google or their parents when asking for help. This is despite expert opinion that parents helping with homework can hinder kids’ learning progress and development of autonomy, and questions about the reliability of the sources with which Google deluges children.

More than 90 per cent of high school students turn to help when they get stuck on a specific question or task, not when they are just researching. Jack Goodman, founder and chief executive of YourTutor, conceded that while Google is a great research tool, it often doesn’t provide the specific answers to what students are asking. Also, parents’ recollection of knowledge from their schooling days is more or less out of date, he said. And answers that Google provides are often unreliable.

“Most people don’t think about the fact that Google is the single largest advertising website in the world by a factor of [many, many] thousands,” Goodman told Education Review. “The vast majority of students when they look at Google are looking at thousands and thousands of ads every single day.

“Google is promoting all sorts of unreliable information on a regular basis and students click on those [links] unwittingly and are guided to services that aren’t necessarily reflective of the query that they have asked. It’s really important to understand the authority of a website, the reliability, to look at any independent reviews or testimonials and to consider every website with a critical eye.”

In contrast, Goodman explained that Wikipedia is a good tool for students to gain background knowledge of a subject. Students shouldn’t reference Wikipedia, Goodman said, but can use the references listed at the end of one its articles as a starting point for research.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.educationreview.com.au

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