W10 – Are Netizens Citizens?
Bennett, W. L. (2008). Civic learning in changing democracies: Challenges for citizenship and civic education. In Dahlgren, P. (ed.) Young citizens and new media: Learning for democratic participation. Ch. 4, p. 59-77.
Key Concepts & Guidance Questions
- What is the greatest challenge in contemporary democracies across nations? (p. 59)
- Who is responsible in creating this challenge? (hint: Millennial Generation; p.59)
- Which civic participation is particularly under serious threat of losing significance? (p.59)
- What is the difference between institutional civic participation and individual civic participation? (p.60)
- What are the alternative ways in which the DotNets participate in civic activities? (p.60-61)
- What is DC? What is AC? What is the divide between these two?
- What were the challenges observed in the civic education curriculum in the case study (hint: Australia ACER Report; p. 64-65)?
- What are the author’s suggested model (4 sequential steps) in bridging the divide between DC & AC? (p.66-74)
- What is the fundamental concept in achieving the first step? (p.66-67)
- What are the three media environment explained by the suthor that can help achieve step two? (p.68-70)
- How can one translate the civic skills learned into meaningful civic participation? (p. 71-73)
- What should civic education be like fundamentally?
- Do Singaporean Youth fall into the AC/DC divide? Give concrete examples for and against.
- What is the structure of civic education in Singapore? Is it fine, or should it be changed? In what way?
- What are some of the alternative types of civic participation practiced by Singapore youth? Do you think these ‘count’ as civic participation? Why or why not?
- Do Singapore youth look “inside” or “outside” government for solutions to political problems?