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What’s most useful to your students as they improve their research ability?
When students write for Wikipedia, they must first understand where there are knowledge gaps.
Emilee Helm, a student whose instructor we supported at the University of Washington, says writing for Wikipedia really made an impact on her.
Critical thinking is at the core of research and inquiry, not to mention the process of revising something–anything.
See also 249 Bloom’s Power Verbs for Critical Thinking In the linked article above, Terry Heick says that, “To think critically requires you to aggregate knowledge, form some kind of understanding, get inside the mind of the clockmaker, judge their work, and then articulate it all for a specific form (e.g., argumentative essay) and audience (e.g., teacher).” A Wikipedia article can be neither researched, revised, or newly created without this kind of evaluation. Case study: A student’s perspective A 12-week course 5.
Not only are these students correcting Wikipedia’s notorious gender gap, they also get to see what career paths could be possible for their own futures.
The autonomy of a Wikipedia writing assignment also lets students write about topics they care deeply about.
“This new understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of each article has completely altered my perspective of what Wikipedia’s mission is.
Furthermore, I have been equipped with the proper tools to help,” she writes. Rebecca Barnes adopted the assignment last fall, her students at Colorado College have written more than 50 Wikipedia biographies for women in STEM who didn’t previously have one.