This book stands as part of a broader effort to think creatively about how to best use the college classroom to develop the civic health of our democracy. A consensus has emerged within political science that instructors have an important role to play in engaging the civically unengaged, and in particular the Millennial generation. While there has been extensive research on the topic of civic and political engagement, the chapters in this volume address what we believe to be an important gap in that literature. Specifically, we argue that field has failed to fully explore whether the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom has any role to play in fostering civic engagement. The authors offer both empirical and theoretical explorations of the ways in which technology might help the Millennial generation feel civically connected.
KeywordsSocial Capital Political Science Civic Engagement Virtual Community Traditional Classroom
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