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ERIC Number: EJ782131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
The Agentic Power of the Internet
Waring, Scott M.
International Journal of Social Education, v21 n1 p59-72 Spr-Sum 2006
Generally, children attribute agency, having the power or authority to act, to traditionally celebrated historical figures. Often this leads to increased apathy about their own future due to the sense that social change is the prerogative of only the most "powerful" of individuals. Agency is an essential part to being a productive citizen in a participatory democracy, and if children are expected to act, they must believe they possess the power to affect change. Edward A. Shanken avers, "citizens, in the republican sense, must possess agency and must care about the results of their actions if they are to fulfill their responsibility to construct, maintain, and improve society." Teachers must find ways to instill a sense of agency within their students, in spite of traditional thought. It is essential for social studies educators to realize that preparing their students to take on the role of citizenship will be an ongoing and crucial process. Through interactive technologies, such as the Internet, generally available in the average classroom, educators have the potential to revitalize the traditional notions of citizenship education. Educators need to utilize various technologies, including the Internet, to encourage their student population to engage in disciplined inquiry, perspective taking, and meaning making and assist in the process of "civic learning, deliberation, and action." This article looks at the notion of agency and ways in which social studies educators can prepare their student population to become agents for social change through the utilization of the Internet. (Contains 49 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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