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Tuula Nygård, Noora Hirvonen, Sari Räisänen & Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki (2021) Ask Your Mother! Teachers’ Informational Authority Roles in Information-seeking and Evaluation Tasks in Health Education Lessons, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 65:6, 972-985, DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2020.1788145

Ask your mother! : teachers’ informational authority roles in information-seeking and evaluation tasks in health education lessons

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Author: Nygård, Tuula1; Hirvonen, Noora2; Räisänen, Sari3;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Information Studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Oulu University Teacher Training School, Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-01-13


This paper contributes to the pedagogical discussion on how to promote critical thinking among adolescents in modern media environments. It argues that teachers play an essential role in guiding students’ assessment of and decision between credible information sources. The study was carried out among eighth-grade health education teachers and students in a secondary school in Finland. Nexus analysis was used as a theoretical lens with which to analyze lesson observation data and teacher interviews. The findings indicate that teachers moved fluently between the informational authority roles of a cognitive authority and a trustee. Moments of perplexity in which teachers were not able to act in these informational authority roles created tension in the classroom; however, they also promoted diversified learning.

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Series: Scandinavian journal of educational research
ISSN: 0031-3831
ISSN-E: 1470-1170
ISSN-L: 0031-3831
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2020.1788145
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The study was funded by the Academy of Finland (Grant No. 299112).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 299112
Detailed Information: 299112 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research on 13 Jul 2020, available online: