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Young people's perceptions and usage of Wikipedia
Abstract Introduction. This exploratory study invesIntroduction. This exploratory study investigated the perception and usage of Wikipedia among young people. Method. Fifteen respondents aged thirteen to twenty-four were selected for the study. The respondents were composed of secondary and tertiary students, and recent tertiary level graduates. An interview schedule was designed to explore user experiences at three levels: the initial encounter with Wikipedia, the time when the user felt comfortable with Wikipedia, and the user's current state. Questions were open-ended and semi-structured to allow for probing. Interviews were conducted over a span of two weeks with each interview lasting 30-45 minutes. Follow-up questions were asked of some of the respondents for clarification purposes. Analysis. Interview data was used to test Wikipedia, viewed as a technology, against the model of technological appropriation developed by Carroll et al. for their own study of mobile phone use among young people. Results. We found that although Wikipedia is initially attractive for young people, it generally fails to become deeply integrated (appropriated) into the everyday lives of users, instead remaining an instrumental tool for the fulfilment of a narrow range of tasks. We also found that over time respondents do become aware of the problems of accuracy that Wikipedia poses. Conclusions. Given that Wikipedia has not assumed the role of a key technology in the lives of the young people studied here, concern over its use by educators may be overstated. Also, the fact that the respondents were aware of the drawbacks to its use should make the message of the need for checking alternative sources an easier one to impart to students. The key conclusion, however, is the need for those wishing to design more popular information systems to take into account the deeper needs of users to experiment with technology in order to make it fit their lives rather than the other way round. This is something that even Wikipedia, it seems, has been unable to achieve.dia, it seems, has been unable to achieve.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Comments Since young people are aware of the drawbacks of using Wikipedia, asking them to check alternative sources becomes an easy task.
Conclusion Given that Wikipedia has not assumed the rGiven that Wikipedia has not assumed the role of a key technology in the lives of the young people studied here, concern over its use by educators may be overstated. Also, the fact that the respondents were aware of the drawbacks to its use should make the message of the need for checking alternative sources an easier one to impart to students. The key conclusion, however, is the need for those wishing to design more popular information systems to take into account the deeper needs of users to experiment with technology in order to make it fit their lives rather than the other way round. This is something that even Wikipedia, it seems, has been unable to achieve.dia, it seems, has been unable to achieve.
Data source Interview responses  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Young%2Bpeople%27s%2Bperceptions%2Band%2Busage%2Bof%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author Brendan Luyt + , Chia Zuhaila Bte Chia Zainal + , Olivia Victoria Petines Mayo + , Tan Siow Yun +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Reader perceptions of credibility + , Cross-domain student readership +
Issue 4  +
Month December  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Information Research +
Research design Case study  +
Research questions This exploratory study investigated the peThis exploratory study investigated the perception and usage of Wikipedia among young people. Method. Fifteen respondents aged thirteen to twenty-four were selected for the study. The respondents were composed of secondary and tertiary students, and recent tertiary level graduates. An interview schedule was designed to explore user experiences at three levels: the initial encounter with Wikipedia, the time when the user felt comfortable with Wikipedia, and the user's current state. Questions were open-ended and semi-structured to allow for probing. Interviews were conducted over a span of two weeks with each interview lasting 30-45 minutes. Follow-up questions were asked of some of the respondents for clarification purposes. Analysis. Interview data was used to test Wikipedia, viewed as a technology, against the model of technological appropriation developed by Carroll et al. for their own study of mobile phone use among young people.dy of mobile phone use among young people.
Revid 11,116  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Young people's perceptions and usage of Wikipedia
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://informationr.net/ir/13-4/paper377.html  +
Volume 13  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:36:50  +
Categories Reader perceptions of credibility  + , Cross-domain student readership  + , Information systems  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:34:26  +
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