Social Justice

 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

SUMMER 2019

9 May 2019 | Publication

How inclusive of children are our educational research methods?
Research Intelligence issue 139: Marking 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child This special issue of Research Intelligence, guest-edited by Carmel Capewell and... [...]

Challenging consumerism through education as human development

29 April 2019 | Blog

The culture of transforming everything into products to be ‘consumed by the market’ is manifesting itself as a global pathology. This trend is destroying longstanding communities of practice in education (Kezar & Eckel, 2002) which have been... [...]

Opening Pathways from Critical Research to Policy

30 May 2019 | Event

Online registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please email events@bera.ac.uk for details of how to register onsite. In 2015 BERA critical education researchers took a symposium to AERA Annual Meeting that asked how they... [...]

Rethinking sex and relationship education in the age of #MeToo

28 February 2019 | Blog

In February 2017, the UK government announced that it would introduce legislation to make age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) compulsory within English schools. The objective of SRE is to ensure that young people develop the... [...]

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