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Towards an Education for Social Justice

Cotton, Tony (ed.)

Towards an Education for Social Justice

Ethics Applied to Education

Series: New International Studies in Applied Ethics - Volume 7

Year of Publication: 2012

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. VI, 206 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0245-6 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.310 kg, 0.683 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book challenges educators to envisage an education system which sees as its goal a more socially just world. It explores the question of how education, both formal and informal, can positively impact on all pupils’ life chances and life experiences.
The contributors to the book take the view that access to an equitable education for all is a necessary condition for the advancement of social justice; indeed the book argues that social justice cannot be achieved except through education. The authors suggest that it is the responsibility of educators to support the advancement of the millennium development goals including the achievement of universal primary education and the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The authors in this collection explore a range of case studies and offer evidence for the ways in which education has proved detrimental to the advancement of social justice. More importantly they point to ways in which our global education system can be developed to meet the requirements of a socially just society.


Contents: Tony Cotton: Introduction – Bill Atweh/Derek Bland/Kate Ala’i: Education for Social Responsibility: Ethics and Imagination for Engaging Students and Teachers in Educational reform – Ole Skovsmose: Justice, Foregrounds and Possibilities – Maresa McKeith: Breaking the Cycle of Isolation and Ignorance – Helen Toft/Jay Pollitt/Parmjit Sagoo: Upsetting the Applecart: The Ethics of Care – Tim Murphy: Directed Experiential Learning and Emerging Educational Professionals: The Demands for an Ethical, Constructivist, Qualitative Research ‘Casing’ – Esther Luna Gonzales: School-Community: A Service Learning Programme for the Development of Active Citizenship – Marcos Cherinda: Gathering Cultural Self Confidence: A Reflection on the Ethical Dimension of Ethnomathematics in a Mozambican Educational Context – Brian R. Lawler: The Fabrication of Knowledge in Mathematics Education: A Postmodern Ethic towards Social Justice – Tony Cotton: Practical Ethics and Ethics in Practice: A Reflection.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Tony Cotton is a mathematics teacher by trade, having taught mathematics in secondary schools in Sheffield for ten years, moving to take on an advisory role in Multicultural Education. He has also worked as an advisor at an educational publisher with a responsibility for primary mathematics education. More recently Tony Cotton worked in both the universities in Nottingham, UK before taking up his current post as Head of Initial Teacher Education and Assessment Learning and Teaching at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has published books for pupils and their teachers as well as a wide range of academic articles.


New International Studies in Applied Ethics. Vol. 7
Edited by R. John Elford and Simon Robinson