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Rejecting Neutrality and Challenging Inequity: Fostering Critical Youth Civic Engagement Across Informal Learning Contexts

Sun, April 15, 2:45 to 4:15pm, Sheraton New York Times Square, Second Floor, Metropolitan West Room

Session Type: Roundtable Session

Abstract

This symposium highlights the work of an interdisciplinary group of researchers who are exploring the varied critical and multimodal literacy practices young people are leveraging to forge empowered political and civic identities in informal, out-of-school educational settings. The studies examine how young people from historically minoritized communities are rejecting the deficit-oriented ways that traditional civic structures often portray them and are creating transformative counter-stories through innovative forms of media production and annotation, participatory action research, and debate. They also analyze how educators and community organizers are challenging normative pressures to remain objective and neutral in their practice and are instead embracing practices of civic interrogation and innovation to honor the lived experiences of the young people with whom they work.

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