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Professor Joseph Kahne wearing a white striped shirt standing in front of a plant.Public Workshop

Studying Youth Political Engagement:

Challenges of Accessing Quality of Political Engagement


Joseph Kahne, 
Professor of Education, Mills College
 Chair, MacArthur
"Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics"
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto 
252 Bloor St. West
(@ St. George Subway Station)

5th Floor, Room 5 - 150


Dr. Megan Boler
Humanities, Social Sciences & Social Justice Education
Dr. Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández
Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

OISE Dean's Research Office
The Centre for Media and Culture in Education (CMCE)
The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences & Social Justice Education
Joe Kahne will share research from the Civic Engagement Research Group at Mills College that examines factors shaping the quality of online political engagement. This research employs quantitative measures of quality and a quasi-experimental design. The adequacy of these measure will be considered as a will multiple ways to interpret the findings. He will also discuss the broader need for scholars to develop measures capable of assessing varied qualities (as distinct from quantities) of youth civic and political engagement. During the workshop, students will work in teams to develop and assess such measures and will consider ways to advance that agenda.
Joe 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. See www.civicsurvey.org
Professor Megan Boler 
OISE Media Relations