ERIC Number: EJ1119136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
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.
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Electronic Publishing, Collaborative Writing, Web Sites, Web 2.0 Technologies, Editing, Revision (Written Composition), Feasibility Studies, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Individual Development, Workshops, Skill Development, Learner Engagement, Peer Evaluation, Error Correction, Student Improvement, Information Literacy, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Cooperative Learning, Assignments, Barriers, Large Group Instruction, Qualitative Research
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