Social Justice Re-Examined Updated and Expanded

Dilemmas and solutions for the classroom teacher

December 2019
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    26th December 2019
  • ISBN 9781858569093
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"


Teachers want to do their best for every child, but worry about causing offense and often shy away from troublesome issues.

The classroom situations and strategies presented here will help teachers negotiate their way through complex situations and bring about constructive change. This book clarifies concepts and value differences and the subtle ways in which inequality often works.

Theoretical as well as practical, these chapters look from inside out from the perspective of the teacher. They cover a wide range of issues: race, gender, poverty and class, sexuality, religion, English as an Additional Language, Islamophobia, Traveller children and ADHD.

The book is essential reading for student teachers, early career teachers and teacher educators, but will also be invaluable for experienced teachers as they navigate their work in an increasingly diverse society.

PART 1: Social justice: What has it got to do with me?
1. Shaping Practice: the impact of personal values and experiences, by Rowena Arshad 2. Individual teachers making a difference in the classroom and the school, by Laura Mitchell
3. Key concepts and theories: From ambiguity to clarity, by Shereen Benjamin and Rowena Arshad
4. Resolving dilemmas and improving practice in the early career of teaching, by Helen Knowles
5. Education, poverty and social class: Some issues for teachers, by Terry Wrigley
PART 2: Learning from school and classroom situations
6. Using critical literacy to 'do' gender, by Lynne Pratt and Yvonne Foley
7. Sexuality, sex and gender: Respect and recognition, by Shereen Benjamin
8. Educate and act for anti-racism, by Rowena Arshad and Clare Harker
9. Inclusive practices for pupils for whom English is an additional language, by Andy Hancock
10. Facing the challenge of child poverty, by Siobhan Collingwood and Sheila Laing
11. Islamophobia and 'British values': A curricular approach, by Sadia Habib
12. 'How am I meant to cope with this range of disabilities?', by Gillean McCluskey and Gwynedd Lloyd
13. Gypsies, Roma and Travellers: Teachers making a difference, by Maureen Finn and Pauline Duncan
14. Learning for sustainability: Our collective future depends on it, by Kirsten Leask, Beth Christie and Rosa Murray

Rowena Arshad

Rowena Arshad is Head of the Institute for Education, Community and Society at Moray House, University of Edinburgh.

Terry Wrigley

Terry Wrigley is visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Lynne Pratt

Lynne Pratt is Programme Director, PGDE Secondary, and Lecturer in Language Studies, University of Edinburgh.