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The new communication technologies working to promote social inclusion: An action research project with unaccompanied migrant youth

Author(s) Nunes, B. D. L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
The new communication technologies (ICT´s) have increased in a significant way the influence of media on social relations. If the media, as a social mediator, has interfered in the processes of social exclusion and inclusion in the public space, in the information age the new communication technologies have reinforced this role. At the same time, the new communication technologies have been introduced as an important way to get social visibility, especially to groups at risk of social exclusion, offering new strategies to make their voices heard and other and new ways to be part of the public sphere (Hopenhayn, 2003). Therefore, education should be aware of these changes and should seek educational alternatives that consider the relevance and importance of these new social processes in the construction of a more just and cohesive society. Thus, a modern education should act in the formation of active citizens and be open to cultural diversity. In this regard, this paper presents an action research carried out in Bilbao – Spain, based on the use of ICT´s in socio-educational intervention with unaccompanied migrant youth. The main objective is to identify the potential of ICT´s as a facilitator of social inclusion among unaccompanied migrant youth. Through the use of audiovisual means as a tool for socio-educational action this research analyse the capacity of ICT to enhance civic consciousness by questioning and reflecting on the role that media plays in the social integration process. Keywords: New Communication Technologies (ICT), Media Literacy, Refugee, Youth migration.

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