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SOC 350: Japanese Families (Taniguchi): Evaluation Exercise

Discussion Questions

Skim through the Business Insider article and read the abstract of the article from Journal of Family Issues

Consider the following questions we will discuss as a class while you read: 

  • What questions would you ask to critique each of these articles? Consider what you look for when you evaluate any given source. 
    • Are there any questions you would ask differently compared to a news source versus a journal article? 
    • What are your red flags when you evaluate a source?

  • How would you go about evaluating the evidence in the news article? 

  • How would you go about identifying bias in each of these sources? What’s the difference in evaluating bias in a journal article and a news article?  

  • What’s the level of authority or credibility of each source? That is, how do you know whether this journal and this newspaper source are good? Make notes on your thoughts of the authority or credibility of each source.

  • Take a look at the following infographic: http://imgur.com/gallery/iPLkz
    • What do you think about this infographic? Does this resonate with your worldview of news? Why or why not? 
    • What are the implications for scholarly research if this diagram is true? 

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