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ERIC Number: EJ1234957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Has Social Media Made It Easier to Effect Social Change?: Inquiring into Tactics for Change through Primary Sources
Krutka, Daniel G.; Heath, Marie K.
Social Education, v83 n5 p269-274 Oct 2019
When John Lewis sought to change segregation laws in 1960 Nashville, Tennessee, he did so through nonviolent sit-ins. Throughout U.S. history, activists like John Lewis have turned to social change tactics outside of the institutions of democracy from which they have been largely excluded. However, social studies curricula rarely frame these tactics as critical to democratic citizenship; instead, official curricula tend to focus on institutional processes such as voting, constitutional checks and balances, or communicating with elected officials. Even though Lewis has been the U.S. House representative for Georgia's 5th district for over 30 years, he still promotes activist tactics in his fight for equality. The authors believe social studies educators can use historical and contemporary sources to better understand tactics of change that fall outside institutional practices. In this article, they offer an inquiry design model (IDM) lesson with primary sources to investigate the compelling question, "Has social media made it easier to effect social change?"
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Language: English
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