Carrie James

carrie-james-icot-2015Carrie James is a Research Director and a Principal Investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research explores young people's digital, moral, and civic lives. Since arriving at Project Zero in 2003, Carrie has worked with Howard Gardner and colleagues on The Good Project.

Since 2007, she has co-directed the Good Play Project, a research and educational initiative focused youth, ethics, and the new digital media. At present, she is also involved in the Good Participation project, a study of young people's civic and political participation in the digital age, and in the Civic Trust Among Young Immigrants Project. Carrie regularly presents her work and teaches at Project Zero's summer institutes for educators. Her publications include Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media (The MIT Press, 2009). She has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.





Disconnected: Exploring Moral and Ethical Thinking in Digital Life

Young people are more connected to one another than ever before. Via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and a host of apps and other digital technologies, they can share photos, music, and moment-to-moment thoughts and ideas about their lives. They can also learn and exchange ideas about larger events in their own communities and in the wider world.

Given these exciting affordances, it's critical to examine how young people are thinking about their engagement with digital and social media. Further, the networked nature of online spaces - and the capacity to spread digital content quickly - suggest the importance of looking at how youth think about the moral and ethical dimensions of digital life. In her recently published book, Disconnected (The MIT Press, 2014), Carrie James explores how young people approach online dilemmas of privacy, property, and participation.

How do youth think about their own privacy and that of others as they post photos and comments in networked publics? To what extent do they think about appropriation of digital content (music, text, video) with attention to its ethical implications? How do they respond to routine displays of disrespect and incivility that characterize dialogue in many online spaces?

Based on qualitative research carried out as part of Project Zero's Good Play Project, Disconnected is an account of how youth, and the adults in their lives, think about— and often don't think about — the moral and ethical dimensions of these kinds of situations. In this talk, James will share key insights from the book and related work on supporting ethical thinking online.



Cultivating Ethical Sensitivity in the Digital Age: Ideas and Tools from the Good Play Project
How do we create space for reflecting on questions of morality, ethics, and social responsibility in our fast paced lives? How do we support young people to think about these issues, and to confront moral and ethical dilemmas as they participate in social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? These are the kinds of questions at the heart of Project Zero's Good Play Project. In this interactive workshop, Carrie James will engage participants in a conversation about these issues and share related ideas and tools developed by Good Project researchers and our educational partners.

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