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30dayTDC ds106dc Cite Your Sources #tdc1974


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How do we know the information we read anywhere is accurate?  The authors cite their sources, and we look to the primary source documents.

Today, through the Daily Create, I discovered a query, an ongoing question about a quote that has been cited thousands of times, yet has no locatable original source attributed to it that we know of.

Do you know where the idea that “humans process images 60,000 times faster than text” originated? 

Do you know the research that supports it?

That’s the question and research Alan Levine @cogdog  asks in his blog post, “A 60,000 Times Challenge for NMCers.” It’s also been asked by The EnVeritas Group, Henry Thiele, and Darren Kuropatwa.

Locating primary sources validates the information we share, especially when it supports ideas of implementation in business or education or our daily lives.

An example of just such research is the Learning Pyramid often quoted in education. However, the graphic has no validity to it. Will Thalheimer is one of probably several who have shared his search for that pyramid. He writes about it in his blog post, “People remember 10%, 20%…Oh Really?” Nick Luft explained his research in “Learning Pyramid Myth,” which led me to David Jones also writes in “The Learning Pyramid: True, False, Hoax, or Myth?” and refers to the article by Lalley and Miller, “The Learning Pyramid: Does It Point Teachers In The Right Direction?”  All of this points to the need for documenting your sources and for researching claims for their sources.

So, to super search sleuths out there, see if you can find the lost research, and to all of us: cite your sources!

Cross-post at my Frame/Focus blog.

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Sheri Edwards View All

Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
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