New media, elections and the political knowledge gap in Australia 

June 21, 2017

Rachel K. Gibson, Ian McAllister (2014) New media, elections and the political knowledge gap in Australia, Journal of Sociology, Vol 51, Issue 2, pp. 337-353.

This is a bit dated now, but the study found that the internet tended to widen the political knowledge gap–the internet allowed people who didn’t care about political information to decide whether to see it or not.

Young people, digital media making and critical digital citizenship

June 14, 2017

Young people, digital media making and critical digital citizenshipD. McGillivray, G. McPherson, J. Jones, and A. McCandlish

Leisure Studies Vol. 35 , Iss. 6,2016

Empathy and the moral matrix

June 10, 2017

I think this guy agrees with me about sympathy for the devil (as alluded to in last post), at about 20 minutes in:

Can a divided America heal? 

More about the moral matrix:

The moral matrix that influences the way people vote

Empathy? Not in my book

June 8, 2017

Empathy? Not in my book
Counterpoint to the literary empathy argument. He makes some valid points about enthusiasm for literature reading as a means to an end (increased empathy.) But I do think that he’s assuming a little too much in suggesting that the argument for literary empathy is limited to empathy for the right kind of people. Empathy for the baddies of literature, it could be argued, is a relatively safe way to understand what drives people to acts that we are tempted to simply label as existentially ‘evil’. Graduates who can think deeply about [unpleasant] others’ histories and motivations are more likely to be able to come up with long-term societal solutions…I hypothesise…

Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life | EDUCAUSE

June 7, 2017

Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life

Interesting examples of digital citizenship initiatives in liberal arts colleges. Also some links to resources…

Defining and measuring youth digital citizenship

May 28, 2017

http://journals.sagepub.com.ezphost.dur.ac.uk/doi/pdf/10.1177/1461444815577797

This article introduces a survey for digital citizenship in 11-17 year olds. It seems to me a bit more nuanced, and realistic, than some others I’ve seen which just ask yes/no questions about political activism.

They also mention a couple interesting projects:

‘…websites like TakingItGlobal (https://www.tigweb.org/tiged/) provide educators with opportunities to connect with other classrooms around engaging students to help solve global challenges.’

‘…organizations such as the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) (http://www.civicyouth.org/tools-for-practice/learning-community) provide tools for engaging youth in a range of civic learning opportunities.’

Educating for Democracy in a Partisan Age

May 18, 2017

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/0002831216679817

Kahne, J. and Bowyer, B. (2017) ‘Educating for Democracy in a Partisan Age’, American Educational Research Journal, 54(1), p.3-34.

This article is right along the lines I’ve been thinking about (in the ‘digital citizenship’ strand of my rhyzome). They used social media style, politically polarised items to test respondents’ reactions. Three key findings were

  • Respondents (aged 15-27) reacted (to some degree) according to their personal political beliefs, not the likelihood of the item being true (even when it was clearly false)
  • They were not more likely to answer objectively if they were more knowledgeable about politics.
  • But they were more likely to react objectively if they (reported that they) had had media literacy lessons in school.

The study didn’t ask what the lessons were like, though…so that’s another question.

The bibliography should also be very useful.

A Typology for an Online Socrates Caf√©

May 17, 2017

http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=19365

I can’t get full access to this article, but from the abstract it looks like they were trying to achieve the kinds of things I’m thinking about. They were looking for (as far as I can tell) good principles for getting students to have serious, empathetic, fact-informed discussions about contentious topics.

Building empathy in an online community of teachers

May 16, 2017

This article looks at a scheme to increase empathy for a minority group, first among teachers and, through them, among students. They also used fiction as a way into empathy, expect in this case it was a popular TV show rather than novels. The intention was also to foster empathy among the participants as an emerging community of practice. It was hoped that they would use the experience to try similar empathy-building activities and discussions in their own teaching, and the online community was also a platform for them to talk about how these activities had gone. The findings suggest that the first phase at least had an impact.

Design Principles for Promoting Intergroup Empathy in Online Environments

All new coping mechanism

May 14, 2017

…a.k.a. doing something, whether worthwhile or not.

So I thought, my big ideas about helping students develop empathy through reading or through supported discussions or through training teachers to do these things with their students, they all hinged on time to do it properly in the form of a PhD or similar big research project. But there’s no reason I couldn’t do a little bit of it at home when I had time (and/or when the latest news item sets me off). 

Basically, this is a heads up that I’ll be posting stuff that I find along these lines. If you’re interested, great, if you’re not please don’t get too annoyed when they appear on your timeline : )

Here’s the first one; it’s along the empathy-and-literature lines although lacking in any significant findings…

The Power of Life Histories: Moving Readers to Greater Acts of Empathy Through Literature and Memoir http://forumonpublicpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Lee-and-Madden.pdf