Sarit Barzilai

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education of the University of Haifa.

My primary research interests are understanding and fostering learners' digital literacy and epistemic thinking (i.e., thinking about knowledge and knowing) so that they can cope with the complexities of twenty-first century knowledge societies. I study how learners evaluate and integrate online information sources that have diverse levels of trustworthiness and that present conflicting claims and perspectives.
I also study how learners’ epistemic understandings of knowledge and knowing develop and how these understandings come into play in reasoning about diverse information sources and about epistemic disagreements.

My current research addresses three interrelated goals:

  • Developing an account of epistemic performance and growth that can inform educational efforts to promote learners' ways of knowing in a digital world.

  • Designing and investigating learning environments and scaffolds that support reasoning with and about diverse information sources.

  • Developing ways to educationally to address the current "post-truth" climate.

You can find me on: Google Scholar | ResearchGate | Twitter

Recent publications:

Chinn, C. A., Barzilai, S., & Duncan, R. G. (2021). Education for a “post-truth” world: New directions for research and practice. Educational Researcher, 50(1).

Barzilai, S., Mor-Hagani, S., Zohar, A. R., Shlomi-Elooz, T., & Ben-Yishai, R. (2020). Making sources visible: Promoting multiple document literacy with digital epistemic scaffolds. Computers & Education, 157, 103980.

Barzilai, S., & Chinn, C. A. (2020). Educational Responses to a “Post-Truth” World: Diverse Approaches to Improving Thinking About Scientific Issues [Special Issue]. Educational Psychologist, 55(3).

Barzilai, S., & Chinn, C. A. (2020). A review of educational responses to the "post-truth" condition: Four lenses on addressing "post-truth" problems. Educational Psychologist, 55(3).

Chinn, C. A., Barzilai, S., & Duncan, R. G. (2020). Disagreeing about how to know: The instructional value of explorations into knowing. Educational Psychologist, 55(3).

Barzilai, S., Thomm, E., & Shlomi-Elooz, T. (2020). Dealing with disagreement: The roles of topic familiarity and disagreement explanation in reasoning about conflicting expert claims and sources. Learning and Instruction, 69, 101367.

Barzilai, S., & Weinstock, M. (2020). Beyond trustworthiness: Comprehending multiple source perspectives. In A. List, P. Van Meter, D. Lombardi & P. Kendeou (Eds.), Handbook of learning from multiple representations and perspectives (pp.123-140). New York, NY: Routledge.

Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

University of Haifa

199 Aba Khoushy Ave., Mount Carmel, Haifa, 3498838, Israel

Room 523, Education and Sciences Building