Training Teachers to Teach for Social Justice Using an Applied Learning Model

As the 21st-century classroom becomes more diverse, educators have recognized the growing need to teach about and for social justice to embrace multiple perspectives in their instruction. Teachers need adequate training on how to teach about and for social justice. When thinking about how to prepare teachers to address social justice, there are three primary areas of interest; having a general awareness of the concept of social justice, valuing the idea of social justice, and modeling and promoting behaviors that encourage social justice in students. Higher education faculty must consider strategies that support social justice education in teacher education courses that will result in engaging students in meaningful learning experiences that will impact in the way teachers think about or value social justice. The applied learning model allows students to use theories and skills they learned through classroom instruction in real-world situations. This project required graduate students to create a cultural autobiography that they would share with their classmates using Screencast-o-Matic. Once the students in the course shared the cultural autobiographies, they were given an online module to train them how to teach for social justice. After they completed the training module, they had to create a lesson to teach in their classroom promoting social justice. The students also had to keep a learning journal throughout the project to note how their thoughts about the concept of social justice in education had changed throughout the duration of the project.

Social Justice Diversity

Learner Diversity and Identities

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Nicole Waid
    • Assistant Professor, Secondary Education and Educational Technology, SUNY Oneonta, United States NY, United States