The Socially Just School: Making Space for Youth to Speak Back

The Socially Just School: Making Space for Youth to Speak Back

Hardback Explorations of Educational Purpose

By (author) John Smyth, By (author) Barry Down, By (author) Peter McInerney

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  • Publisher: Springer
  • Format: Hardback | 204 pages
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 236mm x 18mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Dordrecht
  • ISBN 10: 9401790590
  • ISBN 13: 9789401790598
  • Edition: 14000
  • Edition statement: 2014 ed.
  • Illustrations note: 3 black & white illustrations, biography
  • Sales rank: 770,220

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This book explores schools and how they can function as social institutions that advance the interests and life chances of all young people, especially those who are already the most marginalized and at an educational disadvantage. Social justice is a key theme as the book examines the needs of youth, the concept of school culture, school/community relations, socially critical pedagogy, curriculum and leadership and a socially critical approach to work. The Socially Just School is based upon four decades of intensive writing and researching of young lives. This work presents an alternative to the damaging school reform in which schools are made to serve the interests of the economy, education systems, the military, corporate or national interests. Readers will discover the hallmarks of socially just schools: - They educationally engage young people regardless of class, race, family or neighbourhood location and they engage them around their own educational aspirations. - They regard all young people as being morally entitled to a rewarding and satisfying experience of school, not only those whose backgrounds happen to fit with the values of schools. - They treat young people as having strengths and being 'at promise' rather than being 'at risk' and with 'deficits' or as 'bundles of pathologies' to be remedied or 'fixed'. - They are 'active listeners' to the lives and cultures of their students and communities and they construct learning experiences that are embedded in young lives. This highly readable book will appeal to students and scholars in education and sociology, as well as to teachers and school administrators with an interest in social justice.

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This book explores schools and how they can function as social institutions that advance the interests and life chances of all young people, especially those who are already the most marginalized and at an educational disadvantage. Social justice is a key theme as the book examines the needs of youth, the concept of school culture, school/community relations, socially critical pedagogy, curriculum and leadership, and a socially critical approach to work.The Socially Just School is based upon four decades of intensive writing and researching of young lives. This work presents an alternative to the damaging school reform in which schools are made to serve the interests of the economy, education systems, the military, corporate or national interests. Readers will discover the hallmarks of socially just schools: - They educationally engage young people regardless of class, race, family or neighbourhood location, and they engage them around their own educational aspirations. - They regard all young people as being morally entitled to a rewarding and satisfying experience of school, not only those whose backgrounds happen to fit with the values of schools. - They treat young people as having strengths and being at promise rather than being at risk and with deficits or as bundles of pathologies to be remedied or fixed . - They are active listeners to the lives and cultures of their students and communities, and they construct learning experiences that are embedded in young lives. This highly readable book will appeal to students and scholars in education and sociology, as well as to teachers and school administrators with an interest in social justice."

Table of contents

Acknowledgements.- Chapter 1 Introduction, argument and organization.- Chapter 2 Socially critical youth voice.- Chapter 3 Socially critical culture of school reform.- Chapter 4 Socially critical school/community relations.- Chapter 5 Socially critical pedagogy of teaching.- Chapter 6 Socially critical curriculum.- Chapter 7 Socially critical leadership.- Chapter 8 Socially critical approach to work.- Chapter 9 Critically educated hope.