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ERIC Number: EJ1071421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Bravest Girl in the World: Exploring Social Justice through Adolescents' Lens
McCarther, Shirley Marie; Davis, Donna M.
Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, v11 p50-56 2015
As professors of education in an urban community, we wanted to identify mechanisms that would allow young people in the urban core the opportunity to share their unique voices with the world and for us to better understand their views on social justice and social change. The purpose of this paper is to discuss adolescent student perspectives on social justice. Data was gathered from narratives written by students in which they identified the "Dreamkeepers" in their worlds, and how they would define a social justice advocate. Findings suggest that these young writers had deep thoughts about the policies and practices that create socially just environments; were able to recognize, identify, and label characteristics and behaviors of social justice advocates--Dreamkeepers--both in peers and adults; and they strive to emulate these ideals and have a deep desire not only to achieve their dreams but also to enable others.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Adolescents, Urban Schools, Personal Narratives, Writing Assignments, Advocacy, Student Attitudes, Culturally Relevant Education, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Essays, Middle School Students, Social Bias, Individual Characteristics
AERA SIG: Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. Tel: 323-343-4393; Web site: http://aera-ultr.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A