Maximizing the Democratic Potential of Schools as Ideologically Diverse Public Spaces
In this presentation, Hess shared her latest research findings about young people's experience of controversial issue discussion in schools. In a survey of a thousand students, only 31% of the respondents indicated that they talked to people who disagreed with them on public issues. However, even in seemingly homogeneous schools (such as Catholic schools), students and teachers hold diverse perspectives on abortion, death penalty, civil unions, free market system, etc. How teachers in various school contexts create ideological diverse public spaces is the focus of Hess' recent qualitative study.
In this session, Stephen presented his paper along with two other papers about online learning and teaching environments. Stephen did a great job in this presentation, and participants were especially interested in the cultural factors Stephen brought into the discussion of online learning environment (e.g. creating a competitive climate/task in online learning environment helps to engage Ghanaian students in online learning)
Stephen has blogged about this session earlier . Here are some other points I learned from this session:
Six people joined Survey Sidekick table presentation today (which is not bad comparing the turnout at other tables) and gave some useful suggestions for future development of Survey Sidekick:
1. Online consent form:
A doctoral student from Australia who is conducting a study of 11-grade students' career choice in Australia mentioned the necessity of designing online consent form for researchers whose projects involve young respondents.
2. Advanced analysis of survey results:
Many online survey tools provide descriptive statistics of survey results. However, it would be more useful if...
Today ‘s feature game for the March 4th Seminar on Game Design is Play the News. Play the News is an online platform that utilizes gaming elements to engage players in current news events in the world. Players go through a series of background information of a selected event, express their opinions, and predict its development in the future. Players will be rewarded with various levels and ranks based on their performance of news prediction and participation.
TakingITGlobal is a social networking site for activists around the world to cooperate on a variety of community projects and initiate change. Aside from a variety of social networking tools on the site, I found these two sections, guide to action and project page useful resources for brainstorming about social action/service learning tools in the coming Edlab Seminar.
To gain some ideas for the mobile app showdown tomorrow, I revisited the previous conversations about mobile app on this blog. One interesting idea from my colleagues Jo and Faisal, is to use mobile phone as a real-time translation device for language learning. It occurs to me that Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a software transcribing your talk into texts, might make this idea come true. This software is now available in several languages including English, Germ...
Here is an interesting article evaluating social networking site's potential for civic engagement. Byrne analyzes discussion forums on one popular black social networking site, BlackPlanet ,and indicates that members are interested in discussing black community issues in these forums. However, these online social networking resources are not mobilized toward civic engagement.
I like Byrne's research method and design in this paper. For instance, in order to evaluate...
Here are a series of video clips created by high school students in Colorado on immigrant issues. Their practice of citizen journalism seems to me an interesting mode of democratic education in the future.
The Border, Part II
Here is an interesting joint history textbook project in France and Germany.
This idea of creating a joint history textbook for the youth in France and German came from high school students in the 2003 Franco-German Youth Parliament, and was endorsed by former French president Jacques Chirac and German federal chancellor Gerhard SchrÃ¶der, which led to the formation of a German-French project team and the publication of a three-part series of textbooks. The first book, "Europe and the World Since 1945" came out in 2006, and sold 40,000 copies in both German and France. The second book, "From the Industrial Revolution to World War II", published earlier this month.
2008. Mar. 24.
04: 05 PM
After James Mitchell's brief introduction of today's presenters and topics, Jason Ritter and Kyunghwa Lee start their presentation: Explicit Goals, Implicit Values, and the Unintentional Stifling of Pluralism in Social Studies Teacher Education. I am afraid that I cannot give you more details of this presentation at this time. Honestly, I am still on my way from Sheraton Tower Hotel to the Marriott Marquis Time Square Hotel with other AERA attendees who have interested sessions located in two distant buildings.