Friday, December 18, 2009

In Defense of Wikipedia

Some blog followers may be interested in a recent discussion-list post of the above title [Hake (2009). The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: In my post “Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood” [Hake (2009)] regarding "Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity" [Cross et al. (2009)], I quoted from Wikipedia's entry on Constance Kamii.

Michael Paul Goldenberg (MPG) (2009) objected, opining that the Wikipedia quote is "clearly written by someone with a Mathematically-Correct accent. . . . you'd think [Hake would] be very wary of citing obvious opinion pieces as if they were serious scholarship."

Not to question the authority of a post that contains NO!!!! footnotes, but I disagree with MPG that the quote I gave from Wikipedia is "an obvious opinion piece" that's "clearly written by someone with a Mathematically-Correct accent." But if MPG is correct in thinking that the Wikipedia entry on Kamii is deficient, then Kamii, or one of her close associates, or even MPG, can edit the entry so as to correct any errors.

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Hake, R.R. 2009. “In Defense of Wikipedia” online on the OPEN ! AERA-L archives at Post of 31 Aug 2009 16:41:53-0700 to AERA-L, Net-Gold, and Math-Teach.

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