This is a draft set of thoughts, ideas an experiences intended to look at ways to extend out Education strategy into Schools (primarily secondary education).
Outreach, not recruitment[edit | edit source]
In general, teenagers are probably not a good focus for editor recruitment - they tend to lack an interest in a topic, can sometimes have restraint issues and definitely don't have the critical thinking skills. But we can, perhaps, look at teaching them about Wikipedia and its ideals.
When I talk to teenagers about Wikipedia, and ask what they know about it these are usually the first two responses:
- It's an encyclopaedia
- You can't use it in essays
Often this highlights that they don't understand what an encyclopaedia is (a summary resource) and that they can use it as a "springboard" for their essay writings (i.e. gain a topic overview & use the reference links to find citeable material).
In fact, this is the beginnings of teaching them about critical thinking (but in a sneaky way!).
By introducing Wikipedia as a movement & resource at a secondary age we can:
- Lay down long term engagement strategy (re-engage with them in higher education to become editors)
- Improve the utility of Wikipedia to students/teachers in a classroom context
- Attempt to reduce school vandalism at a grass roots level
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