Electronic Republic: The Impact of Technology on Education for Citizenship, The

Electronic Republic: The Impact of Technology on Education for Citizenship, The (Paperback)

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Electronic Republic: The Impact of Technology on Education for Citizenship, The
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

In 1991, Lawrence Grossman wrote that "a new political system is taking shape in the United States. As we approach the twenty-first century, America is turning into an electronic republic, a democratic system that is vastly increasing the people's day-to-day influence on decisions of state." Grossman's forecast implied a sea change in the way citizens would interact with, and participate in, their representative government; a revamping of the way Americans would 'do' citizenship. Harnessing the power of technology to promote the ideal of democracy that first pulsed through our nation over 230 years ago may be a feasible achievement in a technocratic age, but whether technology can help achieve a revolution as seismic as the political one that our founding fathers initiated may be a practical impossibility. Fusing the power of technology and democratic ideals opens opportunities for greater access to information and offers a medium for people to be heard and express their voice with dissemination to the masses through digital tools, such as blogs, podcasts, and wikis. Indeed, the emergence of the Internet as a nearly ubiquitous element of American society has brought about new opportunities to enhance citizen engagement in democratic politics and to increase the level of civic engagement among American citizens. Despite such rhetoric, however, research has indicated that Grossman's "electronic republic" has, for the most part, failed to come to fruition

About the Editor(s):

Phillip J. VanFossen is the James F. Ackerman Professor of Social Studies Education and Director of the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship in the College of Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Purdue University Center for Economic Education. An award-winning teacher, he has also published numerous chapters and articles on Internet use and economic and social studies education. His research interests include how social studies teachers use the Internet in their teaching, and in 2001 he co-authored Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking in Government, Economics and World Issues (Greenwood Press).

Michael J. Berson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and has been honored with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) President's Award for his exceptional contribution to the field. He served as the Chair of the College and University Faculty Assembly of NCSS and was Vice President of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. He has extensively published books, chapters, and journal articles and presents worldwide. He conducts research on global child advocacy and technology in social studies education.