Is it OK to work outside my area of expertise?

Whether a function of personality or philosophy of teaching, some teachers are very uncomfortable not knowing more than their students; they believe it is their job or responsibility to be able to offer those in their charge advice and information. In SciJourn, the goal is for teachers to understand more about the process of finding and using credible information, but not necessarily know more about the content.

There is a difference, however, we have found between science teachers and the journalism teachers who have engaged in this project: the science teachers are more able to spot factual errors, but this happens largely with respect to background information or context. We offer a number of hints in Chapter 9 designed to help teachers help their students. Our best advice is to remember that students with experience finding and assessing information get better at it. The same is true for teachers.

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