Inclusion and Social Justice in Teacher Education in Global Contexts

Inclusion embraces diversity within a social justice and human rights framework. Inclusive standpoints seek to facilitate access, participation, challenge and success for all people. An array of critical traditions and methodologies that interrogate educational issues from a political, cultural, structural and social perspective are explored. In this research group the concept of social justice is interpreted through the lens of unequal power relations in, to and through education. In this sub-theme, attention is directed towards building the capacities of educators to understand and respond to diversity through a standpoint of global equity and justice. In an inclusive environment, every individual is unique, important and capable.

Attention is directed towards effective learning for all. In other words, inclusion concerns everyone in all contexts. Human diversity calls for an activist response to ensure that global and local social justice and equity in education are achieved.

Jenene Burke, Federation University Australia
Marcelle Cacciattolo, Victoria University
Dianne Toe, Deakin University