Reconciling dilemmas of social justice in literacy lessons: A case study of preservice primary teachers

Exley, Beryl, Woods, Annette, Lunn, Joanne, Walker, Susan, & Whiteford, Chrystal (2014) Reconciling dilemmas of social justice in literacy lessons: A case study of preservice primary teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(1), pp. 159-174.

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Literacy is promoted as one factor in overcoming disadvantage. In this paper, we employ Fraser’s (1997 & 2008) framing of social justice in order to analyse the disparate agendas of literacy education for improved outcomes in national policy. We do this to better understand the dilemmas confronting preservice teachers as they prepare to become teachers in complex education contexts. We then examine what 20 preservice primary teachers say about social justice in interview responses to a scripted scenario. Our findings demonstrate that most preservice teachers are trying to demonstrate that they have a well-placed commitment to teaching for social justice, however, most of our respondents are yet to frame productive practices that might work in providing socially just education for the students they will teach. These outcomes raise possibilities for future iterations of preservice teacher courses at the case study site and beyond.

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ID Code: 65567
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: social justice, preservice teachers, literacy, dilemma, primary teachers, educational disadvantage, diversity, HERN
ISSN: 1835-517X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The authors
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2014 22:28
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2016 01:16

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