Democratising the digital divide: civics and citizenship curriculum, Australian Aboriginal communities and social media

Antonio, Amy (2013) Democratising the digital divide: civics and citizenship curriculum, Australian Aboriginal communities and social media. The Social Educator, 31 (1). pp. 35-42. ISSN 1328-3480


The idea of what constitutes core literacy skills continues to evolve. The importance placed upon the function of social media in the new Civics and Citizenship curriculum reflects the expanding myriad of competences Australian citizens require to live and work in an increasingly digital society. This paper explores the particular facet of an assumed ubiquity of social media engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and the problems this poses for participation in both democratic processes and higher education. It addresses the implications for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with restricted internet access on their capacity to fulfill their civic responsibilities and to develop the digital information literacy skills required for employability. Finally, this paper outlines the parameters of a program of research that will explore how new and social media might be used to increase the participation of Australian Aboriginal youth in formal education and, by extension, how this contributes to civic engagement.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Social Educators Association of Australia. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 23:35
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; social media; digital information literacy
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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