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ERIC Number: EJ1171249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
Children as Agents of Social and Community Change: Enhancing Youth Empowerment through Participation in a School-Based Social Activism Project
Torres-Harding, Susan; Baber, Ashley; Hilvers, Julie; Hobbs, Nakisha; Maly, Michael
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v13 n1 p3-18 Mar 2018
School-based social activism projects have much potential to foster civic engagement, self-efficacy, and positive youth development. Social activism projects may also be a means by which children, a group that is disempowered due to their age and dependence on adults, might seek to positively impact social and community problems. The current study evaluated elementary school age children's (K-7th grade) participation in grassroots campaigns, which are year-long school-based activism projects that are a component of their school's comprehensive social justice curriculum. Results found that even young children could successfully and meaningfully participate in these school-based activism projects. Additionally, students' participation in these projects was characterized by a high level of enthusiasm and also facilitated a sense of community and empowerment in these children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
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