From Misinformation to Understanding: How Media Literacy Shapes Students’ Approach to Science

By Lauraine Langreo 
Originally Published February 26, 2024, Education Week


Article Overview:

In light of adults’ decreasing understanding of science, declining trust in scientists, and concerns regarding students’ scientific knowledge, educators and experts are tackling the challenge of equipping students with the skills to navigate the digital age.

A recent Pew Research Center survey highlights the waning public confidence in science, while educational assessments reveal gaps in students’ scientific proficiency. Recognizing the influence of social media on students’ perceptions of science, a group of educators and media literacy experts convened to address the issue. Their consensus? Students must develop media literacy skills to discern reliable scientific information amidst the noise of misinformation.