Search results for: Social justice
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It Takes Courage: Fostering the Development of Critical, Social Justice-Oriented Teachers Using Museum and Project-Based Instruction
This article describes development of an educational setting which fosters critical, social justice practices of teachers. Through course readings, museum visits, focus group discussions, and reflections on clinical observation experiences, preservice teachers developed a fictitious educational setting that incorporates critical, social justice practices and privileges the experiences and cultural backgrounds of all K-12 students. The authors developed recommendations for how future educators problematized ideas of courage, race, and diversity in developing the setting.
Updated: May. 02, 2016
Social Justice in Practice? Exploring Teacher Candidates’ Commitment Toward Change Agency Through Action Research
This qualitative study explores how candidates’ action research (AR) projects reflect critical AR. The author argues candidates who conduct critical AR promote its emancipatory goals and indicate a commitment to act as change agents for social justice through education. Candidates’ AR projects reveal that the majority explored cultural and institutional factors that may affect schooling. Additionally, students reported actions taken during and after the AR course that show a developing commitment to incorporate democratic practices into the teaching and learning process.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
In this paper, the authors argue that teacher education needs to make a fundamental shift in whose knowledge and expertise counts in the education of new teachers. Using tools afforded by cultural historical activity theory and deliberative democracy theory, they argue that by recasting who is considered an expert, and rethinking how teacher candidates and university faculty cross institutional boundaries to collaborate with communities and schools, teacher education programs can better interrogate their challenges and invent new solutions to prepare the teachers our students need.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2016
An Examination of Black Science Teacher Educators’ Experiences with Multicultural Education, Equity, and Social Justice
This article examines the experiences of Black science teacher educators when they attempted to include multicultural education, equity, and social justice in their teaching. The findings reveal that the participants shared challenges that occur in the academy when they dealt with their Blackness as a faculty member and attempted to infuse multicultural science education, equity, and social justice in their classes. Many of these faculty members decided to incorporate multicultural education, equity, and social justice in their courses. Furthermore, some of them have attempted and stopped due to student evaluations and the need to gain promotion and tenure. The authors suggest that these shared experiences can assist other science educators by understanding Black faculty members’ struggles with the infusion of multicultural science education, equity, and social justice in their teaching.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2015
The purpose of this article is to explore how mentors can act as change agents for social justice. It examines mentors’ roles in initial teacher education in the lifelong learning sector (LLS) and how critical spaces can be opened up to promote a flow of mentor, trainee teacher, learner and community empowerment. The findings reveal that LLS mentors and trainee teachers are uncertain about their roles. In the UK and several countries, mentoring is dominated by an instrumental assessment-focused approach, whereby social justice is marginalised. In contrast, what the authors call social justice mentors establish collaborative democratic mentoring relationships, create spaces for critical reflection, support trainees to experience different cultures, develop inclusive critical pedagogies, and generally act as advocates and foster passion for social justice.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
In this study, the authors examined primary school teacher candidates’ ability to use their existing pedagogical and mathematical knowledge to incorporate social justice into the content of mathematics lessons. The findings revealed that Grades 1-6 elementary Teacher candidates had foremost trouble articulating their understandings of social justice, its role in mathematics education, and its meaning in mathematics classrooms. They were unable to provide explicit and relevant examples of social justice teaching in the context of mathematics classroom, nor were they able to incorporate social justice into the mathematics lesson.
Updated: Sep. 08, 2015
Participatory Action Research as Pedagogy: Investigating Social and Ecological Justice Learning within a Teacher Education Program
This article describes a research collective, which sets out to investigate the role and impact of social and ecological justice learning in a teacher education program. Amidst the tensions, negotiations, and articulations of the research design, the collective came to recognize the spaces of participatory action research as sites of growth and efficacy toward justice learning. And, each began to perceive themselves as both impacted by educational structures and as agents enacting their own visions of professional practice. These outcomes are discussed in the context of the growing body of participatory action research, emphasizing the dynamic learning precipitated within the intersections of the research collective.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2015
Getting “Up to Code”: Preparing for and Confronting Challenges when Teaching for Social Justice in Standards-Based Classrooms
This article presents the results of a recent qualitative study examining how P–12 teachers enact their visions of teaching for social justice through curricular and pedagogical practices that meet, and often exceed, local accountability mandates. The teachers in this study were able to effectively enact their social justice visions through ambitious, standards-based practice. Their curriculum was broad and deep, reflected best practices in teaching ELA, and prepared students to meet state and district accountability mandates. However, teachers also reported challenges imposed by restrictive curricular policies, resistance from students and colleagues, inadequate preparation and support, and insufficient resources.
Updated: May. 11, 2015
Understanding Emotions As Situated, Embodied, and Fissured: Thinking with Theory to Create an Analytical Tool
This article introduces a new analytical tool, a critical performative analysis of emotion (CPAE), that draws upon three theoretical perspectives: emotions as situated, as embodied, and as fissured. These three theoretical perspectives -i.e. critical sociocultural, narrative, and rhizomatic- allow researchers to think with theory.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2015
Recognition, Responsibility, and Risk: Pre-service Teachers’ Framing and Reframing of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Social Justice Issues
This article analyzes the ways pre-service teachers (PST) conceptualize justice to further understand how teacher educators might communicate ideas about LGB inclusion to their students and understand the complexities of enacting a social justice framework for LGB issues. It utilizes Fraser’s theory of justice to consider curricular change. The findings reveal that PSTs viewed homophobia as an individual value that negatively affected students’ lives, and viewed adults as being primary perpetuators of homophobia. The authors argue that this occurs because sexuality injustice is framed through homophobia, not heteronormativity. The use of Fraser’s framework illustrates the different natures of justice-oriented claims posed by marginalized groups. It also suggests ways for teacher educators to consider curriculum beyond homophobia and individual protections to greater exploration of structure and transformational approaches.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2015