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Sleeping with the enemy: Wikipedia in the college classroom
Abstract Wikipedia 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 team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension N/A  +
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.
Data source Direct observation  + , Survey responses  +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Cullen J. Chandler + , Alison S. Gregory +
Has domain Education +
Has topic Student contribution +
Issue 2  +
Month February  +
Pages 247-57  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in The History Teacher +
Research design Action research  +
Research questions why 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
Revid 10,945  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Design and action  +
Title Sleeping with the enemy: Wikipedia in the college classroom
Unit of analysis User  +
Url  +
Volume 43  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:15  +
Categories Student contribution  + , Education  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:23  +
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