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Towards an Education for Social Justice

Ethics Applied to Education


Edited By Tony Cotton

This book challenges educators to envisage an education system which sees as its goal a more socially just world. It explores the question of how education, both formal and informal, can positively impact on all pupils’ life chances and life experiences.
The contributors to the book take the view that access to an equitable education for all is a necessary condition for the advancement of social justice; indeed the book argues that social justice cannot be achieved except through education. The authors suggest that it is the responsibility of educators to support the advancement of the millennium development goals including the achievement of universal primary education and the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The authors in this collection explore a range of case studies and offer evidence for the ways in which education has proved detrimental to the advancement of social justice. More importantly they point to ways in which our global education system can be developed to meet the requirements of a socially just society.


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Tony Cotton 1 Introduction: An Overview 1 Bill Atweh, Derek Bland and Kate Ala’i 2 Education for Social Responsibility: The Role of Ethics and Imagination in Engaging Teachers and Students 13 Ole Skovsmose 3 Justice, Foregrounds and Possibilities 41 Maresa MAcKeith 4 Breaking the Cycle of Isolation and Ignorance 63 Helen Toft, Jay Pollitt and Parmjit Sagoo with Jasmine Creese 5 Upsetting the Applecart: The Ethics of Care 79 Tim Murphy 6 Directed Experiential Learning and Emerging Educational Professionals: The Demands for an Ethical, Constructivist, Qualitative Research ‘Casing’ 101 Esther Luna González 7 School Community: A Service Learning Programme for the Development of Active Citizenship 123 vi Marcos Cherinda 8 Gaining Cultural Self-Confidence: A Ref lection on the Ethical Dimension of Ethnomathematics in the Mozambican Educational Context 147 Brian R. Lawler 9 The Fabrication of Knowledge in Mathematics Education: A Postmodern Ethic Towards Social Justice 163 Tony Cotton 10 Practical Ethics and Ethics in Practice: A Ref lection 191 Notes on Contributors 201 Index 205

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