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Alexandria Lockett Receives Grant to Study Wikipedia

January 2020

Alexandria Lockett
In March 2019, Alexandria Lockett, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, received a $9000 grant from the National Council for Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication to learn more about the educational sector’s response to Wikipedia’s growth, breadth and longevity.

Dr. Lockett’s project, “How do Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies Faculty Engage Wikipedia? A Scaled Survey of Attitudes and Uses,” is significant because Wikipedia has played a major role in shaping the behavior and capacity of the contemporary literate public since its launch 20 years ago.

“As one of the most popular public composing spaces on the Internet, Wikipedia heavily mediates boundaries of fact and fiction, trust and truth,” said Dr. Lockett, who is co-leading the project with Matthew Vetter, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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