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Are We Preparing Young People for 21st-Century Citizenship With 20th-Century Thinking? Building a Case for a Virtual Laboratory of Democracy
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, University of Kansas, United States

CITE Journal Volume 8, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

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“We need a clear citizens’ vision of the way the Net ought to grow, a firm idea of the kind of media environment we would like to see in the future. If we do not develop such a vision for ourselves, the future will be shaped for us by large commercial and political powerholders” (Rheingold, 2000, p. 6). If the online environment is not considered as substantially different from the offline one, social studies educators run the risk of applying preconceived notions not only of citizenship, citizenship education, freedom of expression, and commercial and public space to the online environment, thus, limiting its potential and young people’s preparation for it. To prepare young people for online civic participation, A publicly supported virtual laboratory of democracy should be created that enables young people to become socialized to an online civic society and to learn how to act—in a civic manner—upon issues of importance to them and the larger society.

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O’Brien, J. (2008). Are We Preparing Young People for 21st-Century Citizenship With 20th-Century Thinking? Building a Case for a Virtual Laboratory of Democracy. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 8(2), 125-157. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 23, 2019 from .

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