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Special Interest Group

Social Justice

The Social Justice SIG promotes dialogue on educational policies and practices at all levels in terms of supporting or inhibiting social justice. We are committed to developing a range of theoretical understandings of the concept of social justice and the interaction of particular axes of discrimination in education. Particular attention is given to discourses and material effects of social class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship and human rights, and the ways in which these interrelate. In addition, we help to develop an understanding of the opportunities and spaces that social actors in education have to promote inclusion and social justice (as well as the limits and constraints they face), and the ways in which action can be taken.

We contribute to the evaluation of research methodologies for investigating social justice. We consider the processes by which academic critique can or should influence political agendas locally, nationally and globally. Fundamentally, we provide an arena for debate, discussion and dissemination for researchers whose work addresses a wide range of social justice issues. Thus, the SIG’s intention is to bring together research from a range of specialist yet related areas to a general forum to further social justice in education. 

The Social Justice organises a range of events and activities to foster research and networking in this important domain.

 

Twitter: @BERA_SocJustice

SIG Convenors

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Sheine Peart, Dr

Reader in Access, Equality and Inclusion at Bishop Grosseteste University

Sheine Peart is a reader in access, equality and inclusion and is programme leader for the doctor of education. Her research interests include social justice and inclusion; and developing educators and trainees to work with diverse groups. Sheine...

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John Parkin, Mr

Senior Lecturer Practitioner at Anglia Ruskin University

John Parkin is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Education at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Peterborough. He is also the Course Leader of the BA Primary Education Studies course. Before becoming an academic in 2018, John was an assistant...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Conference 2023

12 September 2023 to 14 September 2023Aston University/ Conference Aston

Welcome to the BERA Annual Conference 2023 Abstract submission now open! It is a great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to a BERA Annual Conference 2023. Many of you will have watched the...

Upcoming conference12 Sep 2023

BERA Conference 2023 – Call for Abstract Reviewers

6 Feb 2023 - 17 Feb 2023

Would you be willing to act as a reviewer for abstracts submitted to the BERA Annual Conference 2023? To be involved, you will need to: be a BERA Member be available to referee abstracts...

Upcoming event

Social Justice SIG Convenor 2023-2026

Closes 4 Jan 2023

SIG Convenor Vacancy The Social Justice SIG promotes dialogue on educational policies and practices at all levels in terms of supporting or inhibiting social justice. We are committed to...

BERA OpportunityOpen