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Pursuing Social Justice in ELA
A Framework for Negotiating the Challenges of Teaching

ISBN 9780367679057
Published July 8, 2022 by Routledge
184 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Challenges arise when teachers seek to enact socially just instruction while navigating social, classroom, and school dynamics. This research-based, field-tested text offers an accessible process for successfully negotiating these dynamics to identify consequential inroads for making positive educational change. With a focus on ELA instruction, but applicable to other content areas, Lillge’s clear framework offers a language for naming, and practical tools for navigating, those spaces where different frameworks for teaching and learning challenge teachers’ ability to act on their commitments to teach for justice.

Throughout the book, readers meet teachers who show how they reframed challenges and identified opportunities to work with others within inequitable systems to enact more just and equitable teaching. These case studies in teachers’ own words allow readers to analyze how context and classroom culture influence teachers’ negotiation processes. Serving as more than thought-provoking exemplars of what to do, the case studies and spotlighted "application moments" also invite readers to reflect on their own negotiations in the fieldwork, classrooms, and professional learning communities where they teach and learn. Comprehensive and illuminating, this book is a vital resource for pre-service teachers, teacher educators, and novice teachers.

Table of Contents

Part I Orientations

Chapter 1 Embracing Sticking Points: Resources for Enacting Socially Just Instruction

Chapter 2 Navigating Sticking Points: Socially Just Frameworks as Compasses

Part II Negotiating Sticking Points, An Interactive Process

Chapter 3 Noticing: Identifying Dissonance

Chapter 4 Framing: Interpreting What You’re Seeing

Chapter 5 Inquiring: Digging Deeper

Chapter 6 Radical Listening: Learning Where Others Are Coming From

Chapter 7 Taking Stock & Naming: Clarifying New Understandings

Chapter 8 Reframing Interpretation: Finding Entrances to Action

Part III Moving Forward

Chapter 9 Taking Action

Chapter 10 Journeying Together

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Danielle Lillge is Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University, USA.