Wikipedia for personal and social empowerment: perceptions of students and teachers in the “Veneto in Wikipedia” project

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Corrado Petrucco


This project involved a hundred high-school students in the Veneto Region, who edited Wikipedia entries about the region’s cultural heritage. The activity stimulated competence acquisition in the digital, relational, ethical and curricular spheres, and fostered students’ participation in a collaborative task aimed at producing digital artifacts perceived as useful to the local and broader communities. The results indicate students’ growing self-esteem, motivation to learn, and greater awareness of the learning process. Teachers demonstrated firm and growing trust in Wikipedia, as they increasingly consider it an effective teaching tool able to motivate, and as a trigger of personal and social empowerment.

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