Shakked is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
In an age where phenomena of misinformation and conspiracy theories are becoming more common and more accessible in the online space, her Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, focuses on how scientific literacy at the individual and societal levels can support people’s orientation capabilities in an information environment of varying epistemic quality. .
Shakked holds a BA in political science (2016, cum laude) and an MA in international relations (2018, Dean’s List) from the University of Haifa. She also holds an MBA (2021) from the Technion. Her multidisciplinary research background enables her to observe and examine phenomena from different angles, introducing a broad approach that results in unique insights.
Her current project:
How good is the quality of science information available online in my language?
In this project, we are launching a large-scale algorithmic audit of Google Search, and use a mixed-methods approach to study the quality of results in different countries and languages. The audit will issue a set of carefully curated scientific queries to Google Search in multiple languages, emulate their execution from different countries, and collect their search results over time. Our queries are selected to represent both theory- and data-driven approaches on a global scale. As part of this project, I focus on scientific conspiracy theories (e.g. vaccines cause autism, flat earth). Quality assessment of search results will be based on both quantitative and qualitative measures of quality, including scientific quality, pedagogical quality, source of origin, and recency.
Yael Rozenblum is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Associate Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, focuses on development of scientific literacy among adults.
Yael received her B.Sc.Ed in Science Education from the Technion in 2019 and started to work as a biology teacher.
Her current projects:
“The development of scientific literacy in the Israeli public and media during the COVID-19 pandemic”: this research examine the development of scientific literacy among the Israeli public and media during the COVID-19 pandemic, a topic that has hardly been explored so far. Scientific literacy is a key concept in science education that refers to a citizen’s ability to understand and apply science principles, and to participate intelligently in discussions about science. The acquisition of scientific literacy is intended to enable adults to make informed decisions about science-related topics, to adopt a critical and careful approach to these topics, and to take a keen interest in them. There are two main goals of this study. First, the study is aimed at expanding the theoretical knowledge about the development of scientific literacy among the public and the media. Additionally, the study intends to provide an understanding of how media coverage related to social health issues has an impact on the public’s knowledge and decision-making processes.
“Communicating Science among the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox in Israel”: Journalistic Praxis and Audience Reception in Insular Communities” explores whether and how the Haredi community in Israel is legitimating and appropriating scientific knowledge (together with Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion; Dr. Lea Taragin-Zeller, Technion; Prof. Oren Golan and Prof. Yariv Tsfati, University of Haifa). This interdisciplinary project investigates the role of the Haredi press in communicating science and explores the meaning-making processes of Haredi readers as they engage with science education in Haredi media.
“Gendered engagement with posts authored by female scientists on Facebook” that examine whether there is a different between comments submitted to texual posts authored by female vs. male scientists on a popular science Facebook page – Little, Big Science (LBS) (together with Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion and Dr. Keren Dalyot )
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