Explicitly teaching about the nature of evidence will enhance students' ability to engage with evidence in a scholarly manner. As our students progress, they will begin to distinguish uses of evidence within and between disciplines; locate, identify, access, and analyze evidence; and build arguments based on evidence.
An engagement with evidence is foundational to four ways that students interact with the world -
Making Informed Decisions:
Learning the importance of identifying, analyzing, and communicating only the best evidence will result in more informed decisions and result in better problem solving.
Understanding Other People:
Beyond proving a point or arguing a case, evidence helps us to understand the world and people around us. Evaluating all aspects of a situation and considering multiple viewpoints gives insight into the motivations and expectations of the people around you, which helps to inform your actions as an engaged global citizen.