Why I love/hate Wikipedia: reflections upon (not quite) subjugated knowledges

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Why I love/hate Wikipedia: reflections upon (not quite) subjugated knowledges
Authors: John Aycock, Alan Aycock [edit item]
Citation: Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 8 : . 2008.
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Why I love/hate Wikipedia: reflections upon (not quite) subjugated knowledges is a publication by John Aycock, Alan Aycock.


[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia is a well-known online encyclopedia, whose content is contributed and edited by volunteers. Its use by students for their research is, to be polite, controversial. Is Wikipedia really evil, or is it a teaching opportunity in disguise, a representation of some deeper cultural change? We present first-hand accounts from two different disciplines, computer science and anthropology, to illustrate how experiences with Wikipedia may be crossdisciplinary. We use these to reflect upon the nature of Wikipedia and its role in teaching.

[edit] Research questions

"Is Wikipedia really evil, or is it a teaching opportunity in disguise, a representation of some deeper cultural change? We present first-hand accounts from two different disciplines, computer science and anthropology, to illustrate how experiences with Wikipedia may be crossdisciplinary. We use these to reflect upon the nature of Wikipedia and its role in teaching."

Research details

Topics: Domain-specific student readership, Student information literacy [edit item]
Domains: Computer science, Education, Sociology [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Instead of taking a hardline stance on Wikipedia (Waters, 2007), we should be using Wikipedia as an opportunity (Aycock, 2003). It is an excellent vehicle to discuss with our students not only the use and interpretation of Internet sources, but the management of rapidly changing source material and the role of collaborative work within academic research."

[edit] Comments

"Instead of taking a hardline stance on Wikipedia (Waters, 2007), we should be using Wikipedia as an opportunity"


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