Active citizenship in a digital world: enhancing engagement online

Petray, Theresa Lynn, and Halbert, Kelsey (2012) Active citizenship in a digital world: enhancing engagement online. In: Proceedings of The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association. pp. 1-12. From: 2012 Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 26–29 November 2012, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.

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In Sociology, a key learning outcome is to encourage students to engage with the community and to recognise their agency to influence social and political issues. Information and communication technologies (ICT) enable those people who are already interested in politics to engage more easily, and with a broader scope. Given the importance of political and social awareness to a well-rounded Sociology program, this paper asks how university educators can better utilise ICT to encourage student involvement. Using results from a questionnaire, we aim to understand how our students use technology. Our students regularly access the internet, but are not very involved with community activities. The focus of this paper is to think about how we can use ICT to encourage agency and civic engagement amongst students in Sociology. Incorporating community engagement through ICT is a low-cost way for Sociology educators to directly facilitate those skills in our students.

Item ID: 24042
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-646-58783-7
Keywords: information and communications technologies (ICT), active citizenship, civic engagement, agency, service learning
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2013 00:37
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 75%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship @ 25%
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