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Title: Teaching Wikipedia: Supporting Students in Lifelong Learning
Authors: McGrew, Sarah
Byrne, Virginia
Keywords: Design
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: McGrew, S. & Byrne, V. (2020). Teaching Wikipedia: Supporting Students in Lifelong Learning. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3 (pp. 1565-1568). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: While Wikipedia is used by students for both in- and out-of-school learning, teachers often warn students against using Wikipedia as a reliable source for research. Students may not be adequately prepared to use the site as a starting point for research and to judge the quality of articles within it. We present findings from a secondary classroom intervention study designed to teach learners how to evaluate online information. Findings suggest that when teachers discussed the usefulness of Wikipedia as a site to begin research and presented Wikipedia’s standards and processes for improving the reliability of articles, students were more likely to choose the page over a questionable website disguised by artificially trustworthy surface features. Our findings contribute to the information search and online reasoning literatures addressing how to prepare learners to critically examine the reliability of online information.
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