Social Justice Language Teacher Education Margaret R. Hawkins
- Hardback - 192 pages
- 06 Oct 2011
- Multilingual Matters
- 210 x 148 (A5)
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Social justice language teacher education is a response to the acknowledgement that there are social/societal inequities that shape access to learning and educational achievement. In social justice language teacher education, social justice is the driving force and primary organizational device for the teacher education agenda. What does “social justice” mean in diverse global locations? What role does English play in promoting or denying equity? How can teachers come to see themselves as advocates for equal educational access and opportunity? This volume begins by articulating a view of social justice teacher education, followed by language teacher educators from 7 countries offering theorized accounts of their situated practices. Authors discuss powerful components of practice, and the challenges and tensions of doing this work within situated societal and institutional power structures.
How to make a difference in classrooms and communities remains a challenge for language teachers internationally. Margaret Hawkins has skillfully identified a range of exciting scholars who "walk the talk" in promoting social justice in language teacher education. A compelling collection that will be widely read by teacher educators, language teachers, and applied linguists.
Bonny Norton, University of British Columbia, Canada
Margaret R. Hawkins is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research interest, foundationally dedicated to promoting equity for all learners, is in languages and literacies in and out of school, including classroom, home, and community-based settings. Her published work examines classroom ecologies, families and schools, and language teacher education. Current projects focus on global digital partnerships for youth, education in Uganda, and non-gateway districts’ responses to new immigrant and refugee populations. She has published widely, and serves as the Chair of the TESOL Research Standing Committee as well as on multiple organizational and editorial boards.