ERIC Number: EJ787195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 38
Politics, Media and Youth: Understanding Political Socialization via Video Production in Secondary Schools
Dunsmore, Kate; Lagos, Taso G.
Learning, Media and Technology, v33 n1 p1-10 Mar 2008
Research on the lack of civic and political engagement on the part of today's youth has relied on traditional, often quantitative, measures of political knowledge that may miss important elements of the process. Using an ethnographic approach with a group of inner-city high school students, our study reveals a richer construction of students' awareness of political issues, or political socialization than previously documented by conventional survey measures. Notably present is a sophisticated awareness of and identification with non-news television formats which suggests that sources such as TV talk and reality shows may be important sources of political discourse and even civic engagement. Our study also supports the value of hands-on media production projects for understanding youth political knowledge and awareness, suggesting an additional tool for political communication and civic engagement research.
Descriptors: Political Socialization, Citizenship Education, Political Issues, Citizen Participation, Ethnography, Political Attitudes, High School Students, Mass Media Use, Participant Observation, Critical Viewing, Bayesian Statistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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