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The goal of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) is to provide an evidence base that informs the design of policies and programs that promote the development of citizens for an effective, just, and humane democratic society.

Judging Credibility in Un-Credible Times: Three Educational Approaches for the Digital Age (in Unpacking Fake News)
by Joseph Kahne and Erica Hodgin
March 8, 2019
Since the 2016 presidential election, the term fake news has become part of the national discourse. Although some have appropriated the term for political purposes, actual fake news represents an inherent threat to American democracy given the ease through which it is consumed and shared via social media. This book is one of the first of its kind to address the implications of fake news for the K–12 classroom. It explores what fake news is, why students are susceptible to believing it, and how they can learn to identify it. Leading civic education scholars use a psychoanalytic lens to unpack why fake news is effective and to show educators how they can teach their students to be critical consumers of the political media they encounter. The authors also link these ideas to the broader task of civic education and critical engagement in the democratic process. Kahne and Hodgin's contribution to Unpacking Fake News edited by Wayne Journell is Chapter 6. Judging Credibility in Un-Credible Times: Three Educational Approaches for the Digital Age.