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What is Citizen (or Citizenship) Education

Handbook of Research on Positive Scholarship for Global K-20 Education
Curriculum that teaches the skills to enable citizen participation; a willingness to investigate community issues; the ability to recognize and analyze socio-economic, political, and ecological factors that need to be addressed in order to solve community issues; and the ability and willingness to act to help the community to have a sustainable future.
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Pro-Active Digital Citizenship: Strategies for Educators
Lesley Farmer (California State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5667-1.ch005
Technology advances, particularly in terms of information access and sharing, give rise to complex ethical issues that youth need to grapple with. Digital citizenship necessitates gleaning electronic information and participating actively and ethically in cyberspace to act wisely on that information for social and personal improvement. Today's youth tend to avoid traditional politics; instead, they get their information about the public sphere from social media and engage in lifestyle causes. This chapter explores the role of digital citizenship, civic engagement and the impact of technology on it, current issues in pro-active digital citizenship, conditions for teaching proactive digital citizenship, its curriculum and instruction, and the potential of citizen journalism as a mechanism for facilitating youth-centered proactive digital citizenship.
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