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ERIC Number: EJ879588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Meeting Student Writers Where They Are: Using Wikipedia to Teach Responsible Scholarship
Patch, Paula
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v37 n3 p278-285 Mar 2010
As students increasingly rely on digital media to locate information, composition instructors must incorporate into writing instruction critical evaluation of and reflection on students' use of Web content. A growing problem in the composition class is underdeveloped critical digital literacy skills. To become fully literate, students need more practice in thinking critically about the evidence they choose to use in their academic arguments. Wikipedia, the free, online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is often cited as part of the problem. Instead of penalizing students for using Wikipedia as their go-to research source, writing faculty should encourage students to critically analyze this online encyclopedia in order to teach them how to think critically about all texts, online and in print. This article discusses how Wikipedia can be a valuable site for developing critical digital literacy skills for students. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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