Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
384 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
May 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380490
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In their new critical reader, editors Mary Jane Harkins and Sonya E. Singer argue that ‘sorting’ ourselves into identity categories results in sexism, racism, heterosexism, homophobia, classism, ableism, and other ‘isms’. This book’s 19 innovative chapters invite educators, teachers and education students to reflect on schooling practices as a contextualized social process, which requires having and retaining at the forefront of thinking, the intricate inter-weavings of the systemic and cultural impact of race, gender, class, sexuality and ability on the everyday lives of students.

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Table of Contents


Section I: Diversity

Chapter 1: The Concept of Race
Didi Khayatt

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

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

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

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

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

Section II: Social Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Section III: Schooling

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

Chapter 14: Creating Dialogue and Unschooling Education
Kathy Sanford, Bruno Jayme de Oliveria, and David Monk

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

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

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

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

Chapter 19: “All these books were kinda teaching us lessons”: Anti-Oppressive Children’s Literature in the Elementary School Classroom
Kate Paterson

Contributor Biographies

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.

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