Title

Social Justice: A Case-Study Examining the Influence of Primary Headteachers in Two Manchester Schools

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2017

Subject Area

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Abstract

Presently, there are a growing number of students in the primary schools in northwest England who are living in broken communities, exacerbated by the most recent global recession. Through social justice theory, this paper examines the influence of head teachers as they look to balance administrative and pedagogical experiences in the schools. Using a qualitative methodology, including observation, in-depth interviews, and field notes this case study focused on head teachers, teachers, and parents from two primary schools in the northwest of England. Specifically, this study investigates the influence of the headteachers while identifying a social justice pedagogical epistemology and strategies being used by teachers and schools who work with students from communities typically identified as living in low socio-economic areas. Foundational to this research is the belief that headteachers, families and teachers need to make concerted, intentional efforts to engage in and acquire appropriate knowledge for building effective, communicative relationship in order to benefit student achievement. A social justice perspective therefore should provide an unequivocal commitment to acting in just ways related to concepts of fairness and equity.

Publication Title

Early Childhood Education Journal

Volume

45

Issue

6

First Page

755

Last Page

768

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s10643-016-0823-9

ISSN

10823301

E-ISSN

15731707

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