Democracy and Technology: Toward Critical Social Studies Curriculum and Scholarship
Abstract: The role of social studies education has historically focused on the integration of technologies into teaching. However, we believe that if the purpose of our field is democratic citizenship then social studies teacher educators working in educational technology spaces must encourage teacher candidates to see technologies of the past and present through critical lenses that confront technologies. This is particularly important in a time when emerging technologies contribute to and pose threats to democracy. Teacher educators need to be prepared to help teacher candidates grow as digital citizens who can then do the same for their students. In this theoretical article, we make a case for re-thinking the relationship between the social studies and educational technology fields.