Friday, March 8, 2013

Almost 90 Percent Of Middle And High School Teachers Use Wikipedia For Preparation Despite Warning Thier Students It Cannot Be Trusted

Posted by Milton Recht:

From Forbes, "Study Finds Most Teachers Use Wikipedia, Are Hypocrites" by Jeff Bercovici:
The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project surveyed 2,462 middle and high school teachers to find out how they use digital technology in their classrooms and assignments.

When it came to Wikipedia, Pew’s researchers made two key findings: First, teachers overwhelmingly admonish their students not to use the Web-based open-access encyclopedia as a source, warning them that its accuracy can’t be trusted. Second, teachers overwhelmingly use it themselves for research and preparation.

In fact, they use it “at much higher rates than U.S. adult internet users as a whole (87% vs. 53%), according to Pew’s report.

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