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ERIC Number: EJ782135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Technology, Citizenship, and the Social Studies Classroom: Education for Democracy in a Technological Age
Crowe, Alicia R.
International Journal of Social Education, v21 n1 p111-121 Spr-Sum 2006
Throughout human existence, changes in technology have influenced human life. Innovations in technology also impact civic life. Radio and television became prominent fixtures in the United States in the twentieth century. In entering the twenty-first century, another technological innovation, the Internet, emerged as a new factor in civic life. Technology has and continues to influence how people participate in their democracy and, in turn, shapes what educators must consider as they prepare students to become active members in a democratic society. This article begins by explaining three ways in which technology has impacted and continues to impact civic life in the United States. These are: (1) access to information; (2) access to the political process; and (3) access to the topics or issues that are debated, discussed, and legislated. It then highlights implications for social studies education based on the three ways technology changes democracy. (Contains 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States