What it means to ban Wikipedia: an exploration of the pedagogical principles at stake

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What it means to ban Wikipedia: an exploration of the pedagogical principles at stake
Authors: Jeff Maehre
Citation: College Teaching 57 (4): 229-36. 2009
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DOI: 10.1080/87567550903218711.
Link(s): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/87567550903218711
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What it means to ban Wikipedia: an exploration of the pedagogical principles at stake is a paper discussing how students could use Wikipedia.

Points in the article:

  1. Students complaining about "hyper-specificity of journal articles".
  2. Professors emphasising the source more than the information itself.
  3. The author argue that it is not important that the student use the best source but learn to determine the best source (page 234).
  4. The author views "true information literacy" as "to evaluate and integrate sources" and "to not just find them but how to judge them for suitability".
  5. The author favors a pedagogy where "students are show how to evaluate texts for tone, bias, level of analysis, etc."
  6. Suggest that students peruse the discussion pages of Wikipedia articles, e.g., to "see the process of knowledge creation" and understand the concept of social knowledge.

[edit] Critique

  1. This is merely discussion students' use of Wikipedia with no empirical data backup.
  2. There is a reference to "(Vacharon, 2007)" It is not attached to a sentence and it does not appear in the References listing
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