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Democracy, Communication, and Education in the Twenty-First Century

  • Adi Kidron
  • Noam Tirosh
  • Yael Kali
  • Amit M. Schejter
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Part of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series book series (CULS, volume 17)

Abstract

The dramatic technological advancements that characterize our current networked society have shifted the ways that people communicate, educate, and interact with each other. How could we build on these advancements to enhance the democratic essence of learning processes for the benefit of both society as a whole and its individual members? What are the opportunities? What are the challenges and threats? This chapter explores the added value of communication technologies to democracy and education. It then builds on this analysis in its examination of the relations between democracy and education, as exemplified in a specific case study: a set of two interconnected interdisciplinary courses in higher education, entitled, as the name of this book – Learning in a Networked Society. As such, it demonstrated a strong potential for cross-fostering of ideas between educational scientists – who focus on the interventionist, design-based study of learning – and social scientists, who may also focus on analytic study of spontaneous social phenomena.

Keywords

Democracy Education Learning community Participation Socio-constructivist education Interdisciplinary understanding Voice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adi Kidron
    • 1
  • Noam Tirosh
    • 2
  • Yael Kali
    • 1
  • Amit M. Schejter
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Learning, Instruction, and Teacher EducationUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Communication StudiesBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Communication StudiesBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.Donald P. Bellisario College of CommunicationsThe Pennsylvania State UniversityPAUSA

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