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Emily L.
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Subject: Library and Information Science

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Is your information the real deal? How do you check resources for legitimacy?

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There are several ways to verify the legitimacy of resources you are using for a project or paper: 1. Where is it From? - What or who is the site publisher? Does it have a well established, credible reputation (i.e. government-run site, unbiased news network, a peer-reviewed journal)? An editorial or blog with someone's personal opinion or a known satirical site are not reputable. 2. Who Wrote It? - Do some research on the author- are they an expert on this topic? Find out what gives them the authority to write about the topic. Is it possible they have a hidden agenda or ulterior motive for writing this piece? 3. Check the Date- Was the piece written or published recently? A good rule of thumb: <5 years for peer-reviewed journals and 1 day-1 week for news stories, with discretion. Older stories may recirculate online, appearing to be recent and relevant. 4. Supporting Sources- Does the author cite their sources within and at the end of the article or study? If so, click on these links to investigate! It is a BIG red flag if an author does not cite the sources they used. 5. What is the Purpose? - What is the purpose of this information? Is it relevant? Is it meant to scare, provide facts, or entertain? Keep in mind: News companies MUST print facts (it is illegal for them not to), but some may embellish stories to entertain or out of bias. 6. Ask an Expert- When in doubt, ask your local or school librarian! Librarians are trained in deciphering "good sources" from "bad sources," and showing you every step of the research process. Also, consider a credible fact-checking site.

Subject: Early Childhood Education

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What are the 4 major areas of Early Childhood Development?

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Early Childhood Development is generally characterized into 4 major areas for children Birth-5: 1. Language/Communication Development (cooing, laughing, waving/gestures, beginning to speak) 2. Social/Emotional Development (smiling, self-soothing, controlling emotions, etc.) 3. Physical Development (Gross and Fine Motor Skills) 4. Cognitive Development (thinking, learning, problem-solving)

Subject: Education

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What are the main educational philosophies practiced in mainstream education today?

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There are several main educational philosophies. They can be broken down into 3 larger categories: teacher-centered, student-centered, and society-centered. Teacher-centered tends to be the most widely practiced by educators, especially in the United States. Teacher-Centered Philosophies: 1. Essentialism: The most widely practiced within the public education system, essentialism teaches "essential" knowledge and skills that students may need as a part of society. 2. Perennialism: Perennialism in general focuses on the teaching of "great works." In education, however, it involves teaching students practical moral and ethical skills. Student-Centered Philosophies: 1. Progressivism: Similar to Perennialism, Progressivism also focusing on developing the "moral code" of students 2. Humanism: Humanism focuses the student as a whole 3. Constructivism: Constructivism uses the education system as a whole to shape students Society-Centered Philosophies: (Not commonly practiced with the US public education system, but worth noting): 1. Reconstructionism: Teaches that education can "reform" and "reconstruct" the deep issues of society. 2. Behaviorism: Uses the educational system to foster behaviors that are beneficial to society.

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