Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars’ Press
402 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380490


Educators on Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling identifies categories of privilege and marginalization in the “master narrative” of social discourse and works to bring equity into classrooms across Canada. This timely text challenges students to question the power relations that value one group’s system of knowledge over another and brings this to bear on the classroom environment.

This volume features contributions by educators from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and includes chapter-end key questions, additional resources for more information, and suggested activities to engage students in critical thought and to ground concepts of diversity and social justice in practical application. Students in undergraduate and graduate education studies, curriculum studies, and foundational studies programs will value the combination of theoretical and practical knowledge that this collection puts forth to foster a new generation of inclusive educators.

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Chapter 1: The Concept of Race—Didi Khayatt 2

Chapter 2: Impoverished Pedagogy: A Critical Examination of Assumptions about Poverty, Teaching, and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity —Luigi Iannacci 13

Chapter 3: Diversity, Adversity, and Determination: Making a Difference for African Nova Scotian Students—Wendy Mackey 39

Chapter 4: Shades of Grey: In between Assimilating, Interjecting, and Re-Inventing CRRP: Exploring a Teacher Education Initiative—Manu Sharma 58

Chapter 5: Not “Just,” but Just: A Conversation on Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Responsive Teaching—Carmen Rodriguez de France and Sarah Winona Waldron 77

Chapter 6: The Gospel of Diversity: Performing Diversity to Create the Appearance of Institutional Change—Ann V. Dean 99


Chapter 7: Colonialism: The Gift that Keeps on Giving—Gowri Parameswaran 120

Chapter 8: Towards an Understanding of Inclusion through the Playbuilding of “Beyond the Masks”—Joe Norris, Sohyun An, Corrie L. Davis, Jillian Ford, Paula Guerra, Leena Her, Brad McDonald, Patricia Alvarez McHatton, and Scott Ritchie 141

Chapter 9: Teacher Stories of Teaching for Social Justice in a Marginalized Community—Sarah Elizabeth Barrett and Carl E. James 178

Chapter 10: Discourse Analysis: Investigating Canada’s Child Advocates as Catalysts for Change—Daniella Bendo 194

Chapter 11: Navigating Neoliberalism: Challenges Faced by Social Justice Educators—Stephanie Tuters, John P. Portelli, and Angela MacDonald-Vemic 215

Chapter 12: Digital Natives, Social Justice, and Interrupting Schools as Modernist Project Identity-Sorting Sites—Susan Beierling and W. James Paul 234


Chapter 13: Hoopoe and Young Eagle: Conversations from the Forest—Adrian Downey and Gonen Sagy 256

Chapter 14: Creating Dialogue and Unschooling —Kathy Sanford, Bruno de Oliveira Jayme, and David Monk 268

Chapter 15: Integrating an Ethic of Social Responsibility and Mindfulness with Critical Pedagogy in Teaching for Social Justice: Preparing Teacher Candidates to Respond to Diversity in Schools—Yvette Daniel and John Antoniw 290

Chapter 16: Inclusive and Accessible Physical Education for Diverse Populations—Wendy Barber, Lorayne Robertson, Bill Walters, and Geoff Whent 307

Chapter 17: Being Somebody: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Programs within a Disability Studies Framework—M. Lynn Aylward and Cynthia Bruce 329

Chapter 18: Relational Classroom Management: Lessons Learned from Teachers in Indigenous Communities—Patricia Danyluk 345

Chapter 19: “All These Books Were Kinda Teaching Us Lessons”: Anti-Oppressive Children’s Literature in the Elementary School Classroom—Kate Paterson 358

Contributor Biographies 375

Sonya E. Singer

Sonya E. Singer is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Mary Jane Harkins

Mary Jane Harkins is a Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she is the (Co-Acting) Dean of Education, and the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Education Studies.


“In a time of liquid modernity, social justice requires not poets but ‘strong poets’: those who are horrified at being a copy or a replica, those who have the courage and audacity to engage, look for, and think through the gaps in thoughts, ideas, and practices. These are difficult knowledges that society prefers not to face, be it racism, sexism, xenophobia, ethno-supremacy or homophobia. Educators on Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling is a walk, so to speak, through these gaps and seemingly obscured spots, a collection of strong poetry written by strong poets. It dares to imagine otherwise, a beautiful and hopeful future.”

“Reading this book feels like listening in on educators’ conversations about what it means to work for social justice in schools. Including perspectives from both new and experienced educators working in a wide range of contexts with groups of students with diverse histories of oppression, this book is not about what should be done—it is a candid look at what educators who care about social justice are doing and trying to do.”

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