Social justice and higher education in the age of neoliberalism

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Warren Patterson Sawyer Jr (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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H. Svi Shapiro

Abstract: As with virtually every aspect of U.S. society, higher education has been strongly impacted and influenced by neoliberalism. As such higher education faculty concerned about social justice and its attending themes face unique challenges as they navigate the college and university landscape. This study makes the claim that higher education educators should incorporate social justice concerns and initiatives in their pedagogy. It grounds this claim in a range of significant and enduring epistemological and philosophical ideas. The study also explores a range of scholarship regarding what it means to teach critically, to teach with issues of social justice in view. It also reviews important, overlapping themes present in the histories of K-12 education and higher education. The study also covers scholarship regarding the foothold neoliberalism has in higher education. In addition, the study directly engages, through interviews and observations, higher education faculty who are committed to social justice concerns and initiatives. Implications of the interview and observation data are discussed. The study ends with suggestions for higher education and for future research.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Higher education, Neoliberalism, Social justice, Teaching, Critical pedagogy
Education, Higher $x Social aspects
Social justice and education
Critical pedagogy

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