Who we turn to for information and how much we trust it: health information versus general information
Who do we turn to for health information and how much do we trust that information? Last year, the Policy Lab ran a representative survey of 1,000 Australians – as part of the Australian Cooperative Election Survey – to look at this very question. This...
This report proposes common-sense media literacy techniques to help prevent the spread of misinformation, as well as a series of experimental steps to reach out to conspiracy believers.
Creating a student-centered alternative to research guides: developing the infrastructure to support novice learners
Research and course guides typically feature long lists of resources without the contextual or instructional framework to direct novice researchers through the research process. This research offers academic libraries an alternative approach to existing methods of helping students.
This report is based on a national online survey of 2,196 Australians aged 18 and older, conducted between 18 and 22 April 2020. It examines how and where Australians are getting information about COVID-19, which sources they find trustworthy and what impact the intense news...
Tackling preventative illness must remain a top priority for the government in the 2020s. This report argues that the UK government must deliver a paradigm shift in prevention policy from interventions that ‘blame and punish’ to those that ‘empathise and assist.’ The aim of prevention...
How prepared are teachers and schools to face the changes to learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic?
Insights from TALIS 2018 shed light on the level of preparedness of teachers and schools to adjust to new ways of working in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. This will allow education systems to learn from the crisis and be better prepared for the...
Reports on an international study of the extent to which young people have developed computer and information literacy (CIL) to support their capacity to participate in the digital age.
As individuals become increasingly connected to the virtual world, the avenues for exploitation by cybercriminals also increase. This study explores the influence of scam type, cybercrime awareness, gender, IT competence and perceived internet safety on susceptibility to email scams.
While technology and the way information is available to people have changed markedly since the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey was conducted in 2008, this paper reports important evidence concerning Australians’ use of self-help resources (SHRs) for legal problems at that time based on new analysis...