Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study explores the use of Wikis to assist pre-service teachers in exploring learning theory. The Wiki approach encourages students to become critical thinkers who seek the most current and relevant information in actively building their own knowledge and skills base in collaborative partnerships. This approach uses the concept of open access scholarship in which the Web is used as a free and expert resource. The class involved in this study wrote wikis around assigned learning theories. Students worked first as individuals and then in small theory groups to find the most powerful answers to guiding questions, to edit each others' work and understanding, and to pose further questions. Theory groups then evaluated their peers' work. Results indicate that pre-service teachers responded positively to the approach and showed a marked improvement in conceptual understanding of content compared to peers taught using a more traditional approach.
Wake, D. & Sain, N. (2009). Exploring Learning Theory the Wiki Way. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3007-3012). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).