Developing a Social Justice Education Instructional Lens for the College Classroom
This is an unprecedented time in the human experience as we face an array of extremely complicated local, national and global challenges. As such how we educate, engage and prepare 21st century college and university graduates requires an equally complex, global and critically analytical approach.
One key element to that approach is the development and utilization of a social justice education lens on the part of university faculty. Unfortunately, “social justice” has been so overused this last decade that it has lost some of its precision of meaning, which in turn has led to a watering down of its efficacy.
This session addresses the question of “what is ‘social justice education’?” and then examines its application in three key areas:
- our capacity to critically self-?reflect as educators
- its pedagogical implementation across all academic disciplines
- and its indispensability to any 21st century higher educational environment.
More specifically, the session begins with a clear commentary about what social justice education “is” and “is not” within higher education. This is followed by the presentation of a social justice education self-?reflection matrix, a handful of social justice education case study examples from across university curricula, and a summary of how social justice education frameworks critically shape 21st century higher education.
The session is both content driven and interactive and thus participants are expected to engage with the content and with each other.