Sarit Barzilai

I am a Professor in the Department of Learning and Instructional Sciences 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 networked societies. I study how learners evaluate and integrate online information sources that have diverse trustworthiness and that present conflicting claims and perspectives. I also study how learners’ understandings of knowledge and knowing come into play and develop as they engage with multiple sources and deal with epistemic disagreements.

My current research addresses three interrelated goals:



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New: Fighting Fake News

Following the brutal Hamas terror attack on October 7th and the ensuing war between Israel and Hamas, there has been a surge of disinformation about the attack and the war. This disinformation denies or distorts actual events, seeds fear and panic, and inflames polarization.  In my group, we have been developing and disseminating learning materials for teachers and learners to foster resilience against war disinformation and to promote reliance on reliable information.

Click here to download the materials: https://edtech.haifa.ac.il/fakenews/

חדש: נלחמות ונלחמים בפייק ניוז

בעקבות מתקפת הטרור האכזרית של החמאס ב-7 באוקטובר והמלחמה בין ישראל לחמאס, הרשת מוצפת במידע כוזב ומטעה על המתקפה והמלחמה. דיסאינפורמציה זו מכחישה או מעוותת את האירועים, זורעת פחד ובהלה, ומלבה את הקיטוב. בקבוצת המחקר שלי, אנו מפתחות ומפיצות חומרי למידה עבור מורים.ות ולומדים.ות כדי לטפח חוסן נגד דיסאינפורמציה וכדי לקדם הסתמכות על מידע אמין.

להורדת החומרים לחצו כאן: https://edtech.haifa.ac.il/fakenews/

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Department of Learning and Instructional Sciences

Faculty of Education

University of Haifa

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

Room 523, Education and Sciences Building

sarit.barzilai@edu.haifa.ac.il