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The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

Facing History & Ourselves in a Digital Age: Supporting Habits of Mind for Engagement in the Digital Age

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Social media and other aspects of the internet create both new opportunities and new challenges for civic engagement.  What skills and habits of mind do young people need in order to participate responsibly in the digital age? 

The Good Participation Project (Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education) and Facing History and Ourselves teams developed a set of classroom materials that build on Facing History’s existing resources with new content, questions, and activities related to social media use and digital civic action. Our aim for these materials is to support students to develop reflective skills and dispositions to participate responsibly and effectively in public life today. 


Across the lessons we developed, we seek to support three key activities: reflecting on ways the internet is used for social and civic purposes; practicing use of digital tools for reflective activities and discussion of social justice issues; and taking action on a civic issue by leveraging digital and social media in conjunction with offline actions. 



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The Good Participation Project 

www.pz.harvard.edu, www.thegoodproject.org


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