Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Organized Agents: Canadian Teacher Unions as Alternative Sites for Social Justice Activism

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Organized Agents: Canadian Teacher Unions as Alternative Sites for Social Justice Activism

Article excerpt

Historically teachers' federations have been some of the major organizational sites for social justice leadership in K-12 public education. Despite this history of activism, social justice teacher unionism remains a relatively underdeveloped concept. This article merges four philosophical conceptions of social justice in education: liberal recognition, critical recognition, liberal distribution, and critical distribution, with an analysis of equity-based initiatives articulated on the Web sites of 20 Canadian teachers' organizations. The resulting framework can be used by teacher union researchers interested in generating a broader conception of social justice unionism, and teacher unionists interested in investigating their organizational practices through a social justice lens.

Key words: teacher activism, teacher unionism, social justice, teacher leadership

Depuis toujours, les federations d'enseignants font partie des principales organisations qui militent pour la justice sociale dans le secteur M-12 au sein des ecoles publiques. En depit de cette tradition d'activisme, le syndicalisme axe sur la justice sociale chez les enseignants demeure un concept relativement peu developpe. …

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