Research Grant Award 2018

Dr Nicole Johnston, Lecturer Information Science, Edith Cowan University, is the latest recipient of the ALIA Research Grant Award.

Dr Johnston has received this $5,000 grant for her project ‘Living in the world of fake news: High school students’ evaluation of information from social media sites’. 

The project will determine Australian students’ ability to tell the difference between real and fake news on social media websites. Through her research, she will explore how high school students in Western Australia engage with news on social media, and how they determine if a source is accurate and unbiased.

‘I am very honoured and excited to receive this year’s ALIA research grant. In the current climate of fake news and misinformation, this research will bring insight into how high school students evaluate information from social media sites. My hope is that my research will be used by the library community to develop services and resources that are aimed at enhancing students’ digital literacy skills’ — Dr Nicole Johnston.

These insights will provide evidence to education departments and schools about the digital literacy skills of students, which will help develop services and resources to improve those skills.


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With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.


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Wednesday 21 November 2018 8:00am