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Motivating Students to Learn Biology Vocabulary with Wikipedia

    Author: Boriana Marintcheva1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA 02325
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    • Published 03 May 2012
    • Supplementary materials available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • Author mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, Bridgewater State University, Connant Science Building 309, Bridgewater, MA 02325. Phone: 508-531-1729. Fax: 508-531-1785. E-mail: Boriana.Marintcheva@bridgew.edu.
    • Copyright © 2012 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 65-66. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.357
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    Abstract:

    Timely learning of specialized science vocabulary is critical for building a solid knowledge base in any scientific discipline. To motivate students to dedicate time and effort mastering biology vocabulary, I have designed a vocabulary exercise utilizing the popular web encyclopedia Wikipedia. The exercise creates an opportunity for students to connect the challenge of vocabulary learning to a prior positive experience of self-guided learning using a content source they are familiar and comfortable with.

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2. Krajcik JS, Sutherland LM 2010 Supporting students in developing literacy in science Science 328 456 459 10.1126/science.1182593 20413490 http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1182593
3. Zickuhr K, Rainie L 2011 Wikipedia, past and present. [Online.] Pew Internet and American Life Project Report 2011 http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Wikipedia.aspx
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Abstract:

Timely learning of specialized science vocabulary is critical for building a solid knowledge base in any scientific discipline. To motivate students to dedicate time and effort mastering biology vocabulary, I have designed a vocabulary exercise utilizing the popular web encyclopedia Wikipedia. The exercise creates an opportunity for students to connect the challenge of vocabulary learning to a prior positive experience of self-guided learning using a content source they are familiar and comfortable with.

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