Urban Youth and Social Media: Implications for Informal and Formal Educational Spaces
Terry Kidd, Texas A&M University, United States ; B. Stephen Carpenter, II, Pennsylvania State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Cultural anthropologist, educational researchers, and technologist have sought to explore, document, frame, and discuss youth involvement with social media. Current research outlines how youth engage in and use social media. However, little research exists that explores how urban youth use social media in an informal context and how the uses of social media in the informal contact can be used enhance the formal academic experience. As such, this paper serves two purposes which comprise (1) a rationale for further study in the uses of social media by urban youth and (2) a preliminary literature review that explores the landscape of educational research in use of social media. These two purposes work together to supports further research. In essence, this is a literature paper that reviews and provides a speculation about research on social media and urban youth.
Kidd, T. & Carpenter, II, B.S. (2012). Urban Youth and Social Media: Implications for Informal and Formal Educational Spaces. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1537-1545). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).