This research project employs youth development and critical race theory to understand the participation gap in social media. It does this by prioritizing youth voice as the focal point of knowledge creation. It explores why this is such vital topic for academic discussion within education and youth development. It delves into previous work on the topic through a literature review. This qualitative study is based on four focus groups (6 -8 youth each) and three in-depth follow up interviews across four different high schools in the Sacramento area. An inductive grounded theory approach was used to analyze the focus groups and interviews. This paper will explain that process as well as state findings and potential implications for youth, parents, and teachers. This research will provide an examination of the online trends of youth activity and help inform strategies for healthy social media use.
|Commitee:||London, Jonathan, Malvini Redden, Shawna|
|School:||University of California, Davis|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational sociology, Secondary education, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Critical race theory, Education, Qualitative research, Social media, Youth development|
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