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PROCESS OF RELIGIOUS INFORMATION SEEKING ON THE INTERNET AND CRITICAL COMPETENCIES: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY ON THE STUDENTS OF ERCIYES UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION

Abstract

Author(s): Mustafa TEMEL, Metin EKEN, Hakan AYDIN

Today, internet is an important resource which is used in information acquisition processes. This also applies to religious practice. Some research findings demonstrate that the internet is among the most frequently used sources in the process of religious information searching / acquiring with traditional sources of information. In this respect, this study focuses on the sources of information and the reliability of these sources in the process of meeting university students' religious knowledge requirements and focuses on the critical competencies of these students in the process of acquiring religious knowledge on the internet. In order to measure the critical competencies of the students in the process of religious information searching, a study based on user-centered criteria for the evaluation of religious / informative web sites, developed by Eken and Ayd?n (2018), is an empirical study conducted by the students of Erciyes University Faculty of Communication with a simple random sampling technique. According to the results obtained from the study; It can be stated that internet is one of the most basic sources for religious information for university students, but unlike this widespread use, students do not trust the information obtained from the Internet environment and have a moderate level of critical competency compared to the criteria specified in the survey form. This situation is important in terms of demonstrating the necessity of educational processes that will redound critical literacy skills for university students.

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