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Idit Harel Caperton[edit]

I have been working on this article for a couple of months and it is now listed as at Wikipedia:Good articles. I would like some disintersested eyes to look over the article to get ideas regarding what steps need to be taken to get it up to featured status (eventually). Any ideas will be considered and grealt appreciated. Cheers. youngamerican (talk) 14:09, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

The intro doesn't make her notability clear. In plain English, tell me why I should care about her. She is "a researcher and theorist in the field of the relationship between juvenile development and new media technology"? What the heck is that? Is that some crazy way of saying she designs video games for kids? The introductory paragraph should be able to give readers context for the subject without making them go to another article (in this case, New media) to decipher the euphemisms. I agree with your previous note on the talk page that it looks like an introduction for a keynote speaker. It's getting better, but the intro still needs work.
Also, if you plan to submit this as a featured article candidate, you should change the reference format to the new "cite" style. In theory, reference style is a matter of personal taste. But in reality, you will encounter problems if you keep the footnotes the way they are.
I hope the suggestions help, and good luck! Kafziel 15:00, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
I have worked on the intro, per your suggestions, and will continue fleshing it out. I will also research the new cite guidelines to save myself a headache down the road. Cheers. youngamerican (talk) 15:16, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Good improvement on the intro wording. Makes much more sense now. Kafziel 15:31, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
I have started working on conversion of the references tothe new format. I have, however, hit a snag on the one that cites a chapter in an edited compilation. As soon as that issue is solved, the conversion will be completed. youngamerican (talk) 16:26, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
There was some misplaced HTML at the bottom of the page; it caused the entire remainder of the page to be included as a footnote, making it disappear. I moved it to the end of the actual reference, and now the references work. Just convert the rest of them over to the cite format and you should be good to go. Kafziel 17:06, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Done. youngamerican (talk) 17:21, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
The lead should be expanded to a minimum of 2 paragraphs, as per WP:LEAD. Thanks, AndyZ t 20:58, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Started. I will continue fleshing out the lead. Thanks. youngamerican (talk) 21:15, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Overall, it looks good. However, there are certain things that need to be adderessed:

  1. Remove the wikilinks for individual years. Per the Manual of Style, individual links should not be linked. While the MoS is just a guideline, IMO, wikilinks to individual years offer next to nothing in terms of relavence. However, do wikilink dates. The only way to format the dates per the individual editors' preferences is to wikilink the dates.
    1. Done. youngamerican (talk) 19:34, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
  2. They were also the founders of the first private high school in Israel. Add a reference for this.
    1. Statement removed pending me finding the ref. that I used for that. youngamerican (talk) 19:34, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
  3. In the Early life section, the third and fourth paragraph consists of two sentences each. Try to merge them.
    1. I did a re-format on that section. I will continue to tweak it until improved. youngamerican (talk) 20:01, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
  4. There is no consistency when refering to her. She is refered to as "Idit Harel Caperton", "Caperton", "Harel", "Harel Caperton", "Harel-Caperton", and "Idit Harel". This needs to be fixed, regardless of what you choose. IMO, "Caperton" is best to use, as mention of the husband is minimal. If it still is ambiguous, try "Harel Caperton" (if her name really is hyphenated, use the hyphenated version and correct the article title).
    1. Done. She goes by "Idit Harel Caperton." youngamerican (talk) 19:47, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
  5. In 1991, she published a book, Children Designers, which won the 1991 Outstanding Book Award from the American Education Research Association. - Add a reference for this.
    1. Done. youngamerican (talk) 19:34, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
  6. One thing that bothered me, though it is a matter of person preference, is the space preceding the citation. I'm just used to seeing the citation directly following the punctuation (or the word), that the space slightly irks me. Once again, if this is how you prefer it, don't change it to conform.
    1. Done. youngamerican (talk) 19:34, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
  7. Add references for the individual awards that MaMaMedia has received.
  8. Explain what FOCAS is and what the ATLAS Institute is.
  9. You may want to replace "reared" with a synonym to avoid any ambiguity with non-native English speakers. Perhaps "raised".
    1. I will look into synonyms, although "reared" is gramatically correct. People are reared, animals and crops are "raised." But I will try to find a correct synonym that will not confuse non-Anglophones. (PS: I will soon address your other concerns. Cheers.) youngamerican (talk) 19:34, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Pepsidrinka 18:52, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Oh my, Pepsidrinka just gave you more than half of my list; what's left is mostly minutia.

  1. There are some remaining references to simply Caperton
  2. Move her birthplace from parentheses at the top to the Early Life section. In its wake, you could mention her nationality in the lead.
  3. The "Early life" section, should contain some mention of her first marriage and move to the U.S. The mention of grandchildren in that section also seems out of place, though short of a major shakeup, I don't have a remedy.
  4. Lead: give a few words of explanation of what the MaMaMedia company is.
  5. Academic career:Children Designers: can "standardized post-test examinations" become "standardized examinations"?
  6. MaMaMedia:Startup: make clear that the company's primary product is a web site
  7. MaMaMedia:Development and expansion: "Approximately 10%-20% of visitors register to join the MaMaMedia community." Is this stat from 1997?

×Meegs 20:09, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

It would be good if there were a few more images of Idit Harel Caperton (preferably not fair use). It is not completely necessary, but it make the article more attractive. GizzaChat © 20:20, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
She has informed me that she has some more images that could be used, but I'm not sure about whether the photos could be used without her or the photographer personally uploading them. I have, therefore, tried to err on the side of caution. I will, however, follow up and see what can be done with the images she has emailed me. youngamerican (talk) 20:24, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

A few observations I would make:

  • I echo some of the suggestions above regarding citations being needed in the first sections.
  • There is an NPOV problem in a few sections although I notice a few of the adjectives have been pared. I am aware that Negroponte's laptop idea has come into some harsh criticisma from folks like Clifford Stoll, see here and the most recent issue of Time Magazine (Are Kids Too Wired?). Although Caperton is not on the front line of this debate, the debate should be mentioned.
  • The Reference section 1) I would rename Notes and then 2) Do two additional sections: Bibliography for Caperton's own writings (alone or with others) and References for other works on the topics.
  • One sentence says in part: "led Caperton to actively support efforts to foster, build, and sustain peace in the Middle East and throughout the world." Other than a link to a Middle East-based program, it's difficult to see how this relates to the rest of the article. In other words, I'm not certain how her "support" (as opposed to "leadership") in Middle East peace defines what she does now.
  • In terms of scholarly work, I think you need to reference the fact that her experiment with the Boston kids and computer programming for fractions hasn't been replicated (as far as I can find). Also, there's a real question as to whether the short term benefits of these types of programs translate into long term acheivements (see the debate about Head Start for some idea of the debate). I would specify whether there are any follow-up studies on the group.
  • You state that "Her mentor Seymour Papert described her work in this area as "a Trojan horse" in the field of education technology and cognitive psychology"(cite needed too). I don't know exactly what Papert meant. I might be obtuse but I think he means it's a disruptive approach. If so, how was it disruptive and what are the consequences?
  • "World Wide Workshop Foundation" - who else is involved in the foundation? Where does it funding come from? Are there any notable projects its been involved with?
  • Writing is very good (except for the few minor POV problems noted).

Overall, quite a good piece. With some working, it should be headed to Featured Articleland. Jtmichcock 21:58, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks everyone for the reviews. I will soon address all of the points raised, but I think I need a little wikibreak. youngamerican (talk) 12:39, 4 April 2006 (UTC)