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Wikipedia: A Powerful Tool of Knowledge or an Internet Phenomena? A Survey Study of Singapore Language Teachers' Perspectives on the Use of Wikipedia in Teaching.

Author Ida Suandi (Unversity of Warwick)
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Ida Susila Suandi is a doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick, UK, and is researching on the use of ICT in teaching language in Singapore and the UK. She was a Senior Teacher in a Singapore secondary school before embarking on her doctoral research in areas of language teaching and technology. She is very keen in sharing her ideas on ICT practices by teachers.
The paper looks at how far Wikipedia has evolved through the years and how it is perceived by a sample of language teachers in Singapore schools. It will describe popular views of Wikipedia and how it has benefited some learners and how teachers have used it in their language teaching. At some point many have argued that the reliability of Wikipedia is very questionable, but at the same time, articles have been written portraying it as some sort of an internet phenomena. This paper seeks to understand language teachers' perception and motivation in using Wikipedia as a teaching resource. Although some teachers have somewhat agree that it is an unlikely source of information, they still would not deny the strong phenomenal presence of Wikipedia and its timely benefits. What are some of the unanswered questions of Wikipedia? How have teachers use them in classrooms? How would these teachers use it as a tool of instruction in the future? How far will Wikipedia be a part of a learning experience? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this paper.
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