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Trust of high school students in Wikipedia

Bremer, A. (2010) Trust of high school students in Wikipedia.

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Abstract:Wikipedia is an open encyclopedia: Nearly everyone can edit most of its content. Having been a key element for Wikipedia’s striking success, the open character poses a challenge to its users: How can they form an opinion about whether to trust the information? Lucassen and Schraagen (2010) have made an approach to define the criteria that are used by academic students to evaluate the trustworthiness of Wikipedia articles. This is a follow-up study to further qualify the findings of Lucassen and Schraagen with another population, namely high school students. In an experimental setting, Familiarity and Quality of the articles are manipulated. We show that high school students employ different features than academic students to assess the trustworthiness of Wikipedia articles. The most frequently used features were textual features and pictures. It is concluded that when evaluating trustworthiness of Wikipedia articles, high school students mostly rely on comparison with their own knowledge.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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