Research:Using Wikipedia for educational purposes in Estonia: The students′ and teachers′ perspective

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17:29, 25 September 2022 (UTC)
Duration:  2022-August – 2023-May

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This research seeks to examine the use of Vikipeedia (Estonian language version of Wikipedia) in Estonian schools for educational purposes both from the students' and teachers' perspectives. The focus is on how students use Vikipeedia both inside and outside the classroom and how teachers have used Vikipeedia's potential for educational purposes. The research will have a direct impact on the local Wikimedia community in Estonia supporting their educational activities. It also gives a strong foundation to carry on the further studies both in general education schools and universities.


The first study will explore students' experiences of using Wikipedia in the educational context. To examine quantitatively the use of Wikipedia from the perspective of students, a multi-part questionnaire is used. At least 10 schools and 400 students in grades 9 and 12, representing different regions, are included in the study.

The second study will highlight more clearly Vikipeedia's educational potential from the teacher's perspective. At least 10 focus group interviews with 50-60 teachers (whose students completed the questionnaire) will be conducted. The sample includes the different subject teachers who have used or whose students have used Wikipedia for educational purposes. The data collected by semi-structured interviews will be analyzed in the framework of qualitative content analysis with NVivo software.

As background information for both studies serves the data collected by Wikimedia Eesti in the academic year 2010/2011. The sample of the project consisted of 9th and 12th graders from 15 general education schools.[1] Although the previous questionnaire was different in structure and type, it still provides valuable comparative data and may reveal significant similarities and differences from over a decade ago.


Month Activities
August 2022

Reviewing the literature
Preparing the pilot survey/interview
Preparing the documents for Research Ethics Committee of the University of Tartu

September 2022

Submitting the documents for Research Ethics Committee of the University of Tartu
Making corrections in documentation according to the feedback provided by Research Ethics Committee of the University of Tartu

October 2022

Contacting with the schools
Conducting the survey/interview

November 2022

Conducting the questionnaire surveys at schools
Conducting the focus group interviews at schools

December 2002

Conducting the questionnaire surveys at schools
Conducting the focus group interviews at schools

January 2023

Analysing data

February 2023

Writing the articles

March 2023

Writing the articles

April 2023

Writing and editing the articles

May 2023

Submitting the articles for publishing them in the open access journals

Policy, Ethics and Human Subjects Research[edit]

The documantation is being reviewed by the reviewers of Research Ethics Committee.


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