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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

"Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics"


OISE Visiting Scholar Joseph Kahne
Professor of Education, Mills College
Chair, MacArthur Foundation

OISE/UT Public Lecture: 
Monday, February 24, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
"Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age"
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West
(@ St. George Subway Station)
12th Floor, Nexus Lounge
There is widespread concern that democratic political systems are often dysfunctional. Youth report being turned off by the conflictual and seemingly ineffectual nature of the political process, and they express limited interest in elections and in the traditional political debates engaged in by politicians, interest groups, and elites. It is also clear that the practice of civic and political life has changed in the digital age.  If we are to reinvigorate democratic life and respond to these concerns, civic education has a role to play. Often though, calls for civic education mirror those from past decades.  While many of those traditional visions of best practice are worthy, Professor Kahne argues that the expanded opportunities (and challenges) associated with democratic life in the digital age require a conversation about the redesign of civic education. His argument and proposals are based on analysis of a nationally representative survey of youth political engagement and on qualitative case studies conducted by scholars who are part of the MacArthur Foundation Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network.
Joseph Kahne is Professor of Education at Mills College and Chair of the MacArthur Foundation "Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics." Professor Kahne's research and writing focuses on the influence of school practices and new media on youth civic and political development. Currently, with Cathy Cohen, he is Co-Principal Investigator of the YPP survey project. Scholarship from this project draws on a nationally representative panel survey of youth and examines engagement with new media and politics. He is also Co-PI (with Ellen Middaugh) of "Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age" -- working with Oakland Unified School District and the national Writing Project on a district-wide civic education effort. Professor Kahne's articles have received outstanding paper of the year awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Political Science Association Division of Teaching and Learning, and several other organizations. Seewww.civicsurvey.org

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