Teaching children critical thinking skills

Claims about what improves or harms our health are ubiquitous. People need to be able to assess the reliability of these claims. We aimed to evaluate an intervention designed to teach primary school children to assess claims about the effects of treatments (ie, any action intended to maintain or improve health).

Source: Effects of the Informed Health Choices primary school intervention on the ability of children in Uganda to assess the reliability of claims about treatment effects: a cluster-randomised controlled trial – The Lancet

In this experiment the researchers were able to teach students how to deal with health claims, but it is believed this research can be used for other dubious claims, including fake news.

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