Four questions about the educational potential of social media for promoting civic engagement.

Ian Davies, Lance Bennett, Brian Donald Loader, Suzanne Mellor, Ariadne Vromen, Stephen Coleman, Mike Xenos

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We explore the educational potential of social media for developing civic engagement among young people. We argue that 4 questions need to be addressed about the development of educational interventions that aim to promote civic engagement through social media: is the current extent and nature of usage of social media likely to allow for the development of education for civic engagement; what possible congruence may exist between civic engagement and use of social media; what educational processes and outcomes could be experienced by students and teachers when using social media for civic engagement; and, what new directions may need to be taken by educators? We conclude that there is a need for further research and clear recommendations for professionals and others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-306
Number of pages14
JournalCitizenship Teaching & Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2012

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  • social networks
  • civic engagement
  • education
  • questions

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