Education for Social Justice: Achieving Wellbeing for All

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A&C Black, Feb 16, 2010 - Education - 169 pages
The disparity between excellence and equity is a key issue for education policy and practice. This book is an argument for equity and inclusion in education, based on a model of social justice which is grounded in relationships and learning rather than policies and structures. Countries that combine excellence with equity, where young people experience high levels of wellbeing, tend to be societies with a commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion. There is an increasing recognition that long term educational and social reforms have to focus on issues around social justice if they are to be more than palliative responses.

Education for Social Justice looks at the role of relationships on many levels: personal meaning, group or team interaction, the school structure and culture, and cross agency and community involvement and development. The aim of this book is to find a paradigm that can be used to achieve greater social fairness, by finding individual/local solutions still in line with national policies and strategies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Setting the scene
5
2 Social justice and education
25
3 Vulnerable children and marginalised groups
39
4 Systemic discrimination and the rights of the child
45
5 Health and balance
59
6 Physical activity and emotional health
71
7 Happiness and learning
89
8 Inclusive practice and valuing learning
103
9 Unity and community
113
10 The adult team
127
11 Implications for leadership
145
Afterword
155
References
159
Index
165
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About the author (2010)

Laura Chapman has worked in the disability field since leaving university. She is a specialist in education, training all types of educational staff in disability equality and inclusion. She has become increasingly active in the development of material relevant to the early years sector, leadership development and community renewal.

Professor John West-Burnham is a writer, teacher and consultant in education leadership with a particular interest in leadership learning and development, and learning in schools and communities. He has been a school teacher, teacher trainer and education officer, and has held posts in five universities. He is Professor of Educational Leadership at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. John is the author or editor of 23 books and he has worked in 21 countries.

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