In this article, we answer the questions 1) What could social justice look like in the middle school curriculum; 2) How do we help young adolescents recognize and repudiate racism and other forms of social injustice; and 3) What are some lessons learned from a middle level teacher preparation with a focus on social justice ? By presenting three examples of social justice curriculum created by pre-service teachers in their teacher leadership education course, we argue for spaces that allow pre-service teachers to be curriculum-makers if we are truly seeking social justice educators in schools. We conclude, through the perspective of the pre-service teachers, effective practices they believe should be a part of teacher preparation that focus on social justice education.
Aronson, Brittany A.; Culberson, Emily; Hochstetler, Britt; Lowman, Suzanne; McCartney, Ash; McMinimy, Jocelyn; Murphy, Emily; Newlin, Ralph; Santen, Emily; Sutphin, Rachel; Terlau, Megan; Vrzal, Nicholas; and Wheeler, Imani
"Pre-service Teachers as Curriculum Makers: What Could Social Justice Look Like in a Middle School Curriculum?,"
Journal of Educational Research and Innovation: Vol. 8
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digscholarship.unco.edu/jeri/vol8/iss1/9