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ERIC Number: EJ940765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Wikipedia to Develop Students' Critical Analysis Skills in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum
Martineau, Eric; Boisvert, Louise
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n6 p769-771 Jun 2011
Wikipedia represents a revolution in the way knowledge is communicated and a potential threat to traditional encyclopedias. Wikipedia is widely used as a reference in academic assignments. Unfortunately, for the neophyte, it may be hard to assess the completeness and the accuracy of a contribution to Wikipedia. In this article, we describe an assignment to show students how to read a Wikipedia scientific article critically and how to correct it appropriately, if necessary. The assignment has proven to be beneficial to the students while demonstrating how to analyze, understand, and write a contribution to Wikipedia. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A