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Possibilities in Practice

Social Justice Teaching in the Disciplines

Edited By Summer Melody Pennell, Ashley S. Boyd, Hillary Parkhouse and Alison LaGarry

This edited collection illustrates different possibilities for social justice practice in various grade levels, disciplines, and interdisciplinary spaces in P–12 education. Chapters in this unique volume demonstrate teaching with a critical lens, helping students develop critical dispositions, encouraging civic action with students, and teaching about topics inclusive of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Based on empirical research, each contribution is rooted in a critical theoretical framework and characterizes findings from sustained study of pedagogic practice, spanning subject matter from social studies, English Language Arts, music, mathematics, and science. Through this work, both pre- and in-service teachers as well as teacher educators will be inspired to practice social justice in their own classrooms.

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Janice L. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education and Technology from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in 2008. She is currently an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alyssa Bauermeister is a secondary English Language Arts teacher at Hanford High School in Richland, Washington. She is a graduate of Washington State University from the Master in Teaching program (2016) and additionally attained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from WSU (2013).

Stef Bernal-Martinez, an elementary teacher, was born in Southern California and grew up in the West Texas borderlands. She received a degree in Political Science at The University of Texas at El Paso and her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Sarah Lawrence College.

Beverly Milner (Lee) Bisland is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department at Queens College of the City University of New York. She has made numerous presentations and published scholarly articles in a variety of research journals.

Marissa Bivona holds a BA in English with a Minor in Black Studies from Pomona College and is working towards a Masters in Psychology from ← 251 | 252 → Southern Connecticut State University. She has six years of teaching experience and completed the Harris Fellowship in Early Childhood Education.

Laura Bower-Phipps holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction...

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