Episode 159: Young Children Mobilizing Digital Media with Jon Wargo

In episode 159, Dan and Michael chat with Jon Wargo about his new article in Theory & Research in Social Education (TRSE) titled, “‘Sound” civics, heard histories: A critical case of young children mobilizing digital media to write (right) injustice?”


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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Wargo, J. M. (2021). “Sound” civics, heard histories: A critical case of young children mobilizing digital media to write (right) injustice. Theory & Research in Social Education, 1-30.
  2. MakEY Project
  3. Mirra, N., & Garcia, A. (2020). “I hesitate but I do have hope”: Youth speculative civic literacies for troubled times. Harvard Educational Review, 90(2), 295–321. https://doi.org/10.17763/1943-5045-90.2.295
  4. Garcia, A., & Mirra, N. (2020). Writing toward justice: Youth speculative civic literacies in online policy discourse. Urban Education. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0042085920953881
  5. Episode 105: Gaming, Media, and Education with Antero Garcia
  6. Isadora, R. (2000). Listen to the city. C.P. Putnam’s Sons.
  7. Swan, K., Lee, J., & Grant, S. G. (2018). Inquiry design model: Building inquiries in social studies. National Council for the Social Studies.
  8. Wargo, J. M., Brownell, C., & Oliveira, G. (2021). Sound, sentience, and schooling: Writing the field recording in educational ethnography. Anthropology & Education Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/aeq.12365
  9. Schafer, R. M. (1994). The soundscape: Our sonic environment and the tuning of the world. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.
  10. Johnson, E., & Vasudevan, L. (2012). Seeing and hearing students’ lived and embodied critical literacy practices. Theory into Practice, 51(1), 34–41. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2012.636333


Jon Wargo is a 2020 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and an assistant professor of Teaching, Curriculum, and Society in the Lynch School of Education & Human Development at Boston College. An educational researcher who attends closely to qualitative methods, Wargo engages community-based, ethnographic, and multimodal methodologies to examine how digital media and technology mediate contemporary conceptions of children and youths’ social and civic education. Leveraging children’s and youths’ ingenuity and difference as sites/sights for teacher learning, his teaching and research focus on understanding and sustaining the literacies and lifeworlds of minoritized communities amid the context of social change. At BC, Wargo teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, social studies education, children’s and young adult literature, teacher education, and qualitative methodologies. You can find Wargo’s scholarship in Anthropology & Education Quarterly, the Journal of Literacy Research, Learning, Media & Technology, the Journal of Children’s Literature, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and Theory & Research in Social Education.


We would like to thank Zack Seitz of Wylie High School (TX) and the University of North Texas for his editing skills.

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