Social Media for Civic Education
Engaging Youth for Democracy
Chapman, Amy L.
This open access book provides the theoretical and pedagogical foundations for a promising new approach to civic education: using social media to teach civics. While many measures indicate that youth civic engagement has long been in decline, many of these measures fail to take into account all of the ways that youth can interact with civic life. One of these understudied ways is through social media, including platforms like Twitter, where young people have the opportunity to encounter the news, engage with people in power, and bring attention to the needs in their community. Throughout this volume, Chapman explores how and why teachers can use social media to teach civics, as well as how it might meet the needs of students in ways other approaches do not.
Keywordscivic education; civic engagement; social media; civic participation; social justice; social media education; youth democracy; youth citizenship
Publication date and placeCham, 2023
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Educational Media,
Educational strategies & policy
Politics & government