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Evaluation, Power, and Presentations: AEA 2018

The 2018 conference for the American Evaluation Association was held last week in Cleveland, Ohio. Lead researchers Rupu Gupta, who heads up our Biosphere pillar, and Rebecca Norlander, who guides our Culture pillar, jointly presented on how NewKnowledge pursues meaningful evaluation by building partners’ evaluative capacity through constructivist and culturally responsive methods. They explored our […]

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Libraries are about much more than books – and they always have been

By Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein and Rebecca Joy Norlander (NewKnowledge), and Deb Robertson (American Library Association) Libraries have always had a broad educational mission, yet many of us associate libraries with a single specific tool of education: books. For us to fully appreciate the value of libraries, our public discourse needs to move beyond that image and […]

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Critical Thinking about the News

Can you tell the difference between a fact and an opinion? What about between real news and fake news? Facts & Opinions A recent Pew Research Center report found that most Americans did only slightly better than chance at distinguishing between factual and opinion statements. As they define these terms, a factual statement is “capable […]

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