Joining the Conversation: Twitter as a Tool for Student Political Engagement

Wayne Journell, Cheryl A. Ayers, Melissa Walker Beeson
2013 The Educational Forum  
This article describes possibilities afforded by using social media, specifically Twitter, as a way to encourage students to join political conversations across the United States and around the world. In this study, we describe a project in which students used Twitter to share commentary about the state of the 2012 presidential election. The experiences of these students illustrate both the potential strengths and limitations of using social media as a tool for political engagement. Article:
more » ... ce 1971, when the voting age was lowered by the 26th Amendment, much has been written about the civic disengagement of American youth. In general, research has found that younger Americans tend to display more characteristics of civic apathy and are less knowledgeable about political issues than older citizens (e.g.
doi:10.1080/00131725.2013.822039 fatcat:vi2h3my4p5gpxdo6g5gic64aly