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ERIC Number: EJ1119136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1475-7257
Giving Psychology Away: Implementation of Wikipedia Editing in an Introductory Human Development Course
Shane-Simpson, Christina; Che, Elizabeth; Brooks, Patricia J.
Psychology Learning and Teaching, v15 n3 p268-293 Nov 2016
To test the feasibility of Wikipedia editing in large undergraduate psychology classrooms, we engaged groups of students in a large introductory-level Human Development course (N = 110) in editing Wikipedia articles to improve psychology-related content. Students attended in-class workshops and received online support to develop skills. They demonstrated considerable engagement with the assignment, averaging 14.5 posts to Wikipedia over a span of 50 days. Most connected Wikipedia editing with other course materials and reported benefits of peer-evaluating classmates' work. Most reported beneficial interactions with Wikipedians in the public domain, who flagged and/or reverted edits of dubious quality, while correcting errors. Students demonstrated improvements in information literacy and Wikipedia knowledge, with gains in locating and evaluating the quality of source materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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