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Digital civic learning in schools: Youth perspectives and experiences

Digital civic learning in schools: Youth perspectives and experiences While living in the information age is not new, the continued spread of dis/mis/information in tandem with rising partisanship has made clear the educational need for robust and critical information and media literacy education (Bulger and Davison, 2018; Garcia et al., 2021; Reich, 2018; Wineburg and McGrew, 2016). Given that most young people (and adults) today get their information and news about the world through online sources, including social media (Pew Research Center, 2018; Garcia et al., 2021), it is imperative for the health of the American democracy that students’ school-based civic learning opportunities include digital civic learning, too. This paper aims to offer a study into one such schooling landscape in a large and diverse public school district in the USA.Design/methodology/approachA mixed-method approach – including an online survey and face-to-face group interviews – was used to understand the opportunity landscape more broadly and glean insight into the texture and nuance of youth perspectives and experiences on digital civic learning.FindingsAnalysis of data reveals a dearth of consistent and routine opportunities for digital civic learning within the Rio Public School District context.Originality/valueEmpirical research that examines and makes visible students’ lived experiences and perspectives with digital civic information is essential if as educators and researchers, the authors are to successfully design for more and better of these experiences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information and Learning Science Emerald Publishing

Digital civic learning in schools: Youth perspectives and experiences

Information and Learning Science , Volume 122 (11/12): 17 – Nov 17, 2021

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2398-5348
DOI
10.1108/ils-01-2020-0013
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Abstract

While living in the information age is not new, the continued spread of dis/mis/information in tandem with rising partisanship has made clear the educational need for robust and critical information and media literacy education (Bulger and Davison, 2018; Garcia et al., 2021; Reich, 2018; Wineburg and McGrew, 2016). Given that most young people (and adults) today get their information and news about the world through online sources, including social media (Pew Research Center, 2018; Garcia et al., 2021), it is imperative for the health of the American democracy that students’ school-based civic learning opportunities include digital civic learning, too. This paper aims to offer a study into one such schooling landscape in a large and diverse public school district in the USA.Design/methodology/approachA mixed-method approach – including an online survey and face-to-face group interviews – was used to understand the opportunity landscape more broadly and glean insight into the texture and nuance of youth perspectives and experiences on digital civic learning.FindingsAnalysis of data reveals a dearth of consistent and routine opportunities for digital civic learning within the Rio Public School District context.Originality/valueEmpirical research that examines and makes visible students’ lived experiences and perspectives with digital civic information is essential if as educators and researchers, the authors are to successfully design for more and better of these experiences.

Journal

Information and Learning ScienceEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 17, 2021

Keywords: Mixed-methods; Information literacy; Youth research; Civic engagement; Media literacy; Digital civic learning

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