ERIC Number: EJ1123229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Challenging the Wikipedia Mentality: Encouraging Original Inquiry through Freire's Problem-Posing Method
Deys, Kellie L.; Deys, James L.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v27 n4 p55-63 2016
For most millennials, information has always been a couple of quick taps away. Sites have seemingly always existed to provide them with "the answer." Instructors must recognize that not only are they teaching material from their disciplines, but also they are trying to teach the skill and value of critical inquiry. Adopting a Freirean approach, the authors challenge students to move beyond simply accumulating information. The essence of the activity is to contrast a Wikipedia approach with one of original inquiry. Through this exercise, students learn to interpret information and question a consumptive-based approach to ideas and technology, recognize the value of brainstorming a topic before seeking outside information, refocus research towards the generation of ideas, and value collaborative thinking and interaction with peers during the analytical and research process.
Descriptors: Web Sites, Brainstorming, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Peer Relationship, Inquiry, Comparative Analysis, Problem Solving, Information Sources, Critical Thinking, English Instruction, College Students, College Faculty, Collaborative Writing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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