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IJIET 2017 Vol.7(4): 246-251 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2017.7.4.874

Wikipedia and the Humanities in Higher Education: Past Time to Renegotiate the Relationship

Thomas J. Haslam

Abstract—Since Wikipedia's founding in 2001, higher education has found it controversial as a teaching and learning resource. Many faculty members still ban students from using Wikipedia for their coursework. But a noticeable disparity exists between how academics in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) and those in the humanities understand and engage Wikipedia as a teaching and learning resource. Wikipedia, as the scholarly research shows, is a far more credible source than generally acknowledged; and as many educators in STEM, and particularly the natural sciences, have also shown, Wikipedia can be a vital part of the undergraduate and graduate curricula. This study reviews the scholarship on Wikipedia; examines how Wikipedia can have a vital role in humanities education, including that of preparing students to write better and to do scholarly research; and argues why Wikipedia should be part of the humanities curricula globally.

Index Terms—College writing, humanities, English studies, Wikipedia, curriculum reform.

Thomas J. Haslam is with the College of Liberal Arts, Shantou University, China (e-mail: haslam@stu.edu.cn).


Cite: Thomas J. Haslam, "Wikipedia and the Humanities in Higher Education: Past Time to Renegotiate the Relationship," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 246-251, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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