My name is Jon M. Wargo and I am an Assistant Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College.
As an educational scholar who attends closely to qualitative research methods, I engage in ethnographic, design-based, and multimodal methodologies to examine how participatory media - the social technologies whose power derives from participation across networked communities - mediates contemporary conceptions of civic and social education. In turn, I explore how these practices facilitate the development of children’s and youths’ critical literacy learning as well as broader cultural change.
Fueled through my own experiences as an educator teaching in urban multilingual schools, my purpose for devoting my life to this work is informed by longstanding commitments to educational equity, the arts, and community activism. With an active interest in equity and youth culture, coupled with a commitment to social justice, my academic interests revolve around improving the quality and preparation educators receive for teaching in culturally sustaining ways. As a core faculty member in Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction (TESpECI), I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary education, arts-based inquiry, teaching with technology, and qualitative research methods.