"It's your World, So Change It:" Reflections on Youth Civic Engagement and Life Abroad in Tanzania

by the College of Education at Illinois   /   Sep 06, 2016

­Department of Educational Psychology Brownbag Seminar Series
Taking Educational Psychology Abroad

"It's your World, So Change It:" Reflections on Youth Civic Engagement and Life Abroad in Tanzania

Monday, September 19, 2016
12:00 – 12:50
22 Education Building

In this presentation Helen Neville of the Department of Educational Psychology will discuss the process of conducting research and teaching abroad, with a focus on Tanzania. She will summarize research findings from the #PowerUp: Youth Civic Engagement Project. Tanzanian secondary school youth in this project identified pressing social concerns needing attention that are consistent with the literature in other countries, but they also articulated intersecting concerns of larger social and political structures which remain largely unexplored in the research on civic engagement. Youth expressed clear ideas about what types of changes are needed to promote democracy in their environment and how they see themselves becoming active to make a difference in the communities in which they belong.