This engaging edited collection highlights key discussions around educational inequity and related structures and sub-structures. Featuring a diverse array of contributors, Social Justice Education in Canada balances important knowledge, learning practices, and possibilities emanating from and embedded in anti-racist and anti-oppressive education with instructive, grounding examples. The text confronts the idea of social justice as an abstract concept, discussing suggestions for rethinking educational systems and making changes that will benefit the learning lives of all students. With the aim to critically expand the emerging and increasingly active debates in this important area of educational and social development, this volume strives to collectively deepen our understanding and appreciation for critical social justice education.
Organized into 14 chapters and featuring an epilogue written by Dr. Edward Shizha, the book critically deals with contemporary topical issues in education, including readings on cultural, racial, religious, Indigenous, language, socio-economic, citizenship, disability/ableism, and immigrant/refugee status realities and their interwoven learning and teaching intersections. This text is an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students of education across Canada.
designed to spark discussions and debates, each chapter closes with discussion questions to encourage critical reflection
contributors move beyond the theoretical with actionable, practical applications for critical social justice that can be utilized by educators and teacher educators
intersecting topical diversity is at the forefront of this volume, which features contributors from different backgrounds and communities critically engaging with issues pertinent to social justice and equity in education
Chapter 1: Social Justice Education in Canada: An Introduction, by Ali A. Abdi
Chapter 2: Critical Multicultural Education as a Platform for Social Justice Education in Canada, by Ratna Ghosh
Chapter 3: Educating against Anti-Black/Anti–African Canadian Racism, by George J. Sefa Dei and Claudette Howell Rutherford
Chapter 4: On Decolonial Thought and Writing Black Life, by Marlon Simmons
Chapter 5: A Duoethnographic Perspective on Supporting Muslim Children, Youth, and Their Families in Canadian Schools, by Antoinette Gagné and Dania Wattar
Chapter 6: The Islamic Call to Prayer as Public Pedagogy in Mississauga, Canada, by Sameena Eidoo
Chapter 7: Social Justice through Indigenization and Anti-Oppressive Teaching, by Anna-Leah King
Chapter 8: Postsecondary Education’s Chronic Problem (or, It’s About Time), by Alison Taylor and Robyn Taylor-Neu
Chapter 9: Critical Pedagogy in Teacher Education: Disrupting Teacher Candidates’ Deficit Thinking of Immigrant Students with Origins in the Global South, by Yan Guo
Chapter 10: Cultural Capital Re/constructions and the Education of Minoritized Youth, by Dan Cui and Ali A. Abdi
Chapter 11: Challenging Normalized Ableism in/through Teacher Education, by Bathseba Opini and Levonne Abshire
Chapter 12: For Goodness’ Sake! Teaching Global Citizenship in Canada with a Critical Ethic of Care, by Rae Ann S. Van Beers
Chapter 13: Education for Refugee Learners under the Framework of Social Justice and Racial Equity, By Neda Asadi
Chapter 14: Interrogating Equity Issues on Inclusive Postsecondary Education for Refugees and New Immigrants in Canada, by Michael Kariwo
Epilogue, by Edward Shizha
Ali A. Abdi is a Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research at the University of Alberta.
“This book highlights key discussions in education that are timely and necessary. Through the use of theoretical approaches found in anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy, the authors highlight how educators can analyze issues of inequality and develop strategies to re-think educational structures.”
—Aaron Stout, Instructor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge
“Social Justice Education in Canada: Select Perspectives makes a timely and necessary contribution to the pressing, and often neglected, issues of equity in education from critical and multi-dimensional perspectives. The contributions address multiple marginalizations, going beyond limited understandings of ‘multiculturalism’ to more expanded and progressive notions of social justice. The book provides both systems-level and experiential analyses, opening up multiple avenues for understanding and inquiry. An extremely valuable contribution to assessing and re-assessing education in Canada.”
—Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, Education and Global Development, Western University
“Social justice is a veritable floating signifier, and it is therefore particularly illustrative and apt that Social Justice Education in Canada: Select Perspectives involves an eclectic set of issues and approaches addressed by an interesting mix of seasoned, authoritative figures and exciting new voices. Without pretense to being exhaustive or definitive, this collection nevertheless epitomizes the comprehensive and necessarily diverse set of approaches to anti-oppression education that is making for just representation, equity, and inclusion in and through education in the Canadian context.”
—Handel Kashope Wright, Professor and Director, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia
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