Young people confronting the challenge of reading and interpreting a digital world

Authors

  • Jordi Castellví Mata Universidad Internacional de la Rioja https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6487-5477
  • Breogán Tosar Bacarizo Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Antoni Santisteban Fernández Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Abstract

Critical citizenship education must consider the global and digital context in which we live. Digital media and global processes have a decisive influence on people’s daily lives. However, digital literacy programs rarely go beyond teaching technological skills. Similarly, critical thinking approaches to education focus on developing cognitive skills, omitting the weight of values and emotions in decision making. This research analyses Spanish secondary school students’ narratives and reflections about two publications on Twitter that present biased information to encourage undemocratic attitudes. The results show that most students are far from being critical of the information they read on the internet, and they easily fall into the trap of defending undemocratic discourses.

Keywords

Undemocratic discourses, Critical digital literacy, Critical thinking, Democratic values

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Author Biographies

Jordi Castellví Mata, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja

Jordi Castellví has a degree in History and Primary Education, and a PhD. in Education (2019). His interests are research methodologies, global citizenship education, the phenomenon of populism and the development of critical thinking in digital contexts. Castellví had a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as part of the R&D EDU2016-80145-P project at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he has worked as research a fellow of Social Studies Education. He is currently a lecturer at the UNIR (Universidad Internacional de la Rioja).

Breogán Tosar Bacarizo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Breogán Tosar has a PhD. in Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His thesis Read the word and the world. Critical Literacy in Social Studies in Primary Education received the PhD. Special Prize Award in 2018. Tosar is part-time lecturer of Social Studies Education in the same university, and advisor in language, interculturality and social cohesion in the Department of Education of the Catalan regional government.

Antoni Santisteban Fernández , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Antoni Santisteban Fernández is an Associate Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He has a PhD. in Social Science Education. He is the Director of the Department of Language, Literature and Social Science Education. He has published more than 200 articles, book chapters and books. He has been on the national and international committees of scientific journals and agencies of university quality. He is the coordinator of the GREDICS consolidated research group. His research interests are the teaching and learning of critical social science and citizenship education.

Published

20-07-2021

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