As more people gain university degrees, people are increasingly aware that some degrees may be worth more than others. We know that the British socioeconomic elite is dominated by people who have attended elite universities, and widening access... [...]
This 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, 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. SIG events Past activities have included:
- British Journal of Educational Studies Special Issue on ‘Education and Social Justice: new and Continuing Themes’.
- Seminars on topical issues such as ‘New Labour’s Education Policy and Social Justice’, ‘Education and Social Justice’ and most recently ‘Education After the Election: The Policies of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition Government.’
- Capacity building events such as ‘Education, Identities and Social Inclusion’ a one-day conference for research students and early career researchers.
Latest SIG Content
Student empowerment can take many forms. Some, such as new student activism and student consumerism, can feel threatening to faculty and higher education communities. Others offer a counternarrative to the divisiveness that is intensifying on... [...]
Closing the gap in access to free ‘universal’ early education: What affects participation among low-income families?
For over a decade, all children in England have been entitled to free government-funded early education and care from the term after they turn three. One of the aims of this policy is to close the developmental gap between higher-income and... [...]
Researching the perceptions and experiences of children and young people who have a parent with young onset dementia
As the leading cause of death in England and Wales (ONS 2017), dementia touches many families and, even if they don’t have a relative with the condition, most people at least know of someone who does have it. Within the media and in public... [...]
It is known that, over recent decades, societies around the world have witnessed drastic transformations that have affected various facets of people’s lives. These changes have created favourable conditions for the emergence of globalisation... [...]
This blog considers something that we all share – memories of reading literature – but its purpose is to promote and defend the place of egalitarian approaches to literature teaching in contemporary schooling. In England we insist that... [...]