Internet's Potential to Affect Social Studies and Democracy
International Journal of Social Education Volume 21, Number 1, ISSN 0889-0293
Technology, and the Internet in particular, is bringing constant change to American society, including the potential to enhance democracy by fostering participation in the electoral process. Because of the wealth of information available on candidates, issues, and policies, the Internet may foster citizens' ability to cast a more informed vote. As technology evolves and becomes more ubiquitous, it is likely that it will continue to reshape the American political process and landscape. The enhanced ability for citizens to both procure information as well as participate in the electoral process holds great potential in terms of K-12 social studies. With the wealth of information (as well as perspectives) that the Internet provides, its use among K-12 students can greatly facilitate the attainment of the goal of students becoming effective citizens. This article discusses the relevance of the Internet to K-12 social studies as well as its influence on American democracy. Although there are different types of Internet voting, the article describes and refers to the definition of "Remote Internet Voting," in which a citizen votes "over the Internet using a computer not necessarily owned and operated by election personnel," which, it should be noted, is a distinct process from electronic voting machines that are currently in use in some states. (Contains 89 notes.)
Friedman, A.M. (2006). Internet's Potential to Affect Social Studies and Democracy. International Journal of Social Education, 21(1), 44-58.
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