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Student-Authored Textbooks: Why They’re Necessary and How They Can Be Done

Student-Authored Textbooks: Why They’re Necessary and How They Can Be Done
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Author(s): Patrick M. O’Shea (Old Dominion University, USA), Jennifer K. Kidd (Old Dominion University, USA), Peter B. Baker (Old Dominion University, USA), Jamie A. Kaufman (Old Dominion University, USA) and Dwight W. Allen (Old Dominion University, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 11
Source title: Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends In Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Steven D'Agustino (Fordham University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-854-4.ch005

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Abstract

This chapter describes a unique educational initiative requiring students to write their own, shared textbook using wiki technologies. This chapter attempts to address the strengths and weaknesses of this type of educational program. In addition, it explores the philosophical underpinnings of such a process, the implications of this process for educational systems in general, and several methods for incorporating this type of project into every level of education. Special emphasis is placed on exploring how student-authoring addresses skills including information literacy skills, that are underserved in more traditional educational settings.

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