Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2017 challenging stories cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 200 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309736
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Despite an increase in efforts to promote equity and social justice in educational settings, researchers have found that teachers at the elementary, middle school, and secondary school levels are often unsure how to present social justice issues in the classroom. Inspired by these findings, a team of literacy scholars worked with teachers in schools across Canada to gather qualitative research that revealed possibilities and challenges literacy teachers face when incorporating social justice in their curricula. Rich in examples of contemporary Canadian social justice authors, illustrators, and texts, Challenging Stories offers teachers and teacher candidates strategies for text selection, literacy development, and effective social justice teaching methods. With a foreword by Joyce Bainbridge, this collection is an essential read for students in teacher education programs.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Dr. Joyce Bainbridge

Section One: Unsettling Our Sense of Place Through Reading Canadian Literature

Chapter 1: Aren’t We All the Same? The Challenges of Choosing Multicultural Literature in Historically Monocultural Communities
Geraldine Balzer

Chapter 2: “I Wouldn’t Stand Too Close to This Story if I Were You…”: Vancouver Island Teachers Explore Social Justice Issues
Angela Ward, with Allison Balabuch, Lauren Frodsham, Dale Jarvis, Tanya Larkin, Carol Nahachewsky, Katherine O’Connor, Devon Stokes-Bennett, and Alison Preece

Section Two: Encounters between Readers and Challenging Texts

Chapter 3: Multimodal Perspectives on Teaching Canadian Literature for Social Justice
Ingrid Johnston, Karen Jacobsen, and Bill Howe

Chapter 4: Challenges for Teachers and Schools: Creating Spaces for LGBTQ Literature in Schools
Anne Burke and Aedon Young

Chapter 5: The Limits of “Understanding”: Teaching Residential School Stories in the Classroom
Amarou Yoder and Teresa Strong-Wilson

Section Three: Opening Minds: Pedagogies for Social Justice

Chapter 6: A Plurality of Voices for Social Justice: Implementing Culturally Responsive Pedagogies in a Grade Six Classroom
Anne Burke, Theresa Powell, Shawnee Hardware, and Laura Butland

Chapter 7: Opening Doors, Opening Minds: The Role of the Inquiry Group in Teaching for Social Justice
Lynne Wiltse and Shelby LaFramboise-Helgeson

Afterword, by Ingrid Johnston
Bibliography of Children’s Literature
Author Biographies

Anne Burke

Anne Burke is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Early Learning at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Ingrid Johnston

Ingrid Johnston is a Professor Emerita of English Education and Curriculum Studies in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta.

Angela Ward

Angela Ward is a Professor Emerita at the University of Saskatchewan, where she served as Assistant Dean of Education and Associate Dean for Research in Education.

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