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ERIC Number: EJ1082097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Democracy, Critical Education, and Teachers Unions: Connections and Contradictions in the Neoliberal Epoch
Weiner, Lois
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v13 n2 p227-245 Oct 2015
Why does a divide exist between scholars of critical education and teachers unions and how might it be bridged to develop a more robust, mutually beneficial relationship? In this article I explain why supporters of critical education have a huge stake in the transformation and regeneration teachers unions and describe how critical education might, in turn, support teachers unions to develop a new grammar and vocabulary to discuss education. The paper concludes with discussion of pedagogical implications of unions educating members about the injustices and contradictions of capitalism. It contrasts this pedagogical and political approach with the expectation that union members will agree with a critical perspective or adopt critical pedagogy.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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