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Educ. Sci. 2012, 2(2), 57-76; doi:10.3390/educsci2020057

Investigating Student Use of Technology for Engaged Citizenship in A Global Age

Department of Curricular & Instructional Studies, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325, USA
Received: 1 February 2012 / Revised: 28 March 2012 / Accepted: 29 March 2012 / Published: 18 May 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Civics and Citizenship in Its Global Context)
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Abstract

This study undertook a five month qualitative investigation into technology use amongst twelve high school social studies students in two different sites in the Midwestern United States. This study examined students’ use of technology and its relationship to three dimensions of citizenship in a global age: understand global events, issues, and perspectives, participate in global networks to communicate and collaborate with global audiences, and advocate on global problems and issues to think and act globally. Collecting data through semi-structured student interviews, online-threaded discussions and document analysis, I triangulated findings, and employed a qualitative approach. The study finds a relationship between student participants’ use of technology and their serving as engaged citizenship in a global age. In using technology, students accessed international news and information, joined global networks to communicate and collaborate with global audiences, and produced digital content for international audiences.
Keywords: technology; global education; citizenship education; qualitative technology; global education; citizenship education; qualitative
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Maguth, B.M. Investigating Student Use of Technology for Engaged Citizenship in A Global Age. Educ. Sci. 2012, 2, 57-76.

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