Trump, J.K. Rowling, and Confirmation Bias: An Experiential Lesson in Fake News

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Trump, J.K. Rowling, and Confirmation Bias: An Experiential Lesson in Fake News

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Fisch, A. (2018). Trump, J.K. Rowling, and Confirmation Bias: An Experiential Lesson in Fake News. Radical Teacher, 111, 103–108.


This articles explores ways to incorporate the issue of fake news into my teaching.


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