Sleeping with the enemy: Wikipedia in the college classroom

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Sleeping with the enemy: Wikipedia in the college classroom
Authors: Cullen J. Chandler, Alison S. Gregory [edit item]
Citation: The History Teacher 43 (2): 247-57. 2010 February.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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Sleeping with the enemy: Wikipedia in the college classroom is a publication by Cullen J. Chandler, Alison S. Gregory.


[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that is written and edited solely by volunteers who have no qualifying credentials save an internet connection. With over 3.1 million articles in English, Wikipedia is indeed a formidable reference web site. From a research standpoint, Wikipedia is both the sinner and the saint: because anyone can make changes to content, Wikipedia lacks scholarly backbone in the form of subject experts and a referee process, but there is strength in its continual updating, allowing new information to be added very quickly instead of taking years to be added to a traditional print encyclopedia. While it certainly should not be the one and only source for undergraduate research, Wikipedia may have appropriate uses in the college classroom. This article describes how two faculty at Lycoming College incorporated this resource into a research and information literacy project, with the goal of enhancing students' critical awareness of its strengths and limitations.

[edit] Research questions

"why not teach students about the nature of Wikipedia like we do for primary and secondary sources and thus help to sharpen their critical awareness? This paper reports an experiment of using Wikipedia to teach history in college for improving critical reading and writing skills of students"

Research details

Topics: Student contribution [edit item]
Domains: Education [edit item]
Theory type: Design and action [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Action research [edit item]
Data source: Direct observation, Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The authors successfully got their four goals including getting students writing quality articles, making them aware of Wikipedia as a research tool, learning to use Wikipedia, and making students better information consumers."

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AbstractWikipedia is a free online encyclopedia thWikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that is written and edited solely by volunteers who have no qualifying credentials save an internet connection. With over 3.1 million articles in English, Wikipedia is indeed a formidable reference web site. From a research standpoint, Wikipedia is both the sinner and the saint: because anyone can make changes to content, Wikipedia lacks scholarly backbone in the form of subject experts and a referee process, but there is strength in its continual updating, allowing new information to be added very quickly instead of taking years to be added to a traditional print encyclopedia. While it certainly should not be the one and only source for undergraduate research, Wikipedia may have appropriate uses in the college classroom. This article describes how two faculty at Lycoming College incorporated this resource into a research and information literacy project, with the goal of enhancing students' critical awareness of its strengths and limitations.wareness of its strengths and limitations.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionN/A +
ConclusionThe authors successfully got their four goals including getting students writing quality articles, making them aware of Wikipedia as a research tool, learning to use Wikipedia, and making students better information consumers.
Data sourceDirect observation + and Survey responses +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Sleeping%2Bwith%2Bthe%2Benemy%3A%2BWikipedia%2Bin%2Bthe%2Bcollege%2Bclassroom%22 +
Has authorCullen J. Chandler + and Alison S. Gregory +
Has domainEducation +
Has topicStudent contribution +
Issue2 +
MonthFebruary +
Pages247-57 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inThe History Teacher +
Research designAction research +
Research questionswhy not teach students about the nature ofwhy not teach students about the nature of Wikipedia like we do for primary and secondary sources and thus help to sharpen their critical awareness? This paper reports an experiment of using Wikipedia to teach history in college for improving critical reading and writing skills of studentscal reading and writing skills of students
Revid10,945 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeDesign and action +
TitleSleeping with the enemy: Wikipedia in the college classroom
Unit of analysisUser +
Urlhttp://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/results/getResults.jhtml +
Volume43 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2010 +