The Roundup: Helping out

The “helper theory” in social psychology is based on the idea that when you help someone, you benefit, too. The theory suggests that helpers draw various benefits from their support, including the meaningful development of abilities through teaching others.

The theory seems like it could explain some of the benefits we see when students help articles improve on Wikipedia. So we were happy to see that the article on helper theory was developed by student editors in Dr. Cheryl Boglarksy’s Social Psychology course at the University of Detroit-Mercy!

Those students expanded the article from a short stub with just 107 words and three references, to a deeper article with 946 words and 15 quality references.

Thanks to Dr. Cheryl Boglarksy and her class of student editors for this great contribution to Wikipedia.


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