ERIC Number: EJ1114925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Rethinking Discussions of Justice in Educational Research: Formative Justice, Educational Liberalism, and Beyond
Thompson, Winston C.
Teachers College Record, v118 n10 2016
Background/Context: Educational research tends to borrow accounts of justice from scholarship embedded within the structures and commitments of other disciplines or fields of study. This has created a body of educational research that largely responds to the "justice" goals of those disciplines rather than education qua education. Purpose/Focus of Study: Responding to the context, this article questions whether educational research might be able to forward its own account of justice. This educational form of justice (formative justice) would allow educational researchers to pose questions that are primarily concerned with education on its own terms. Research Design: This philosophical work provides a conceptual analysis of an account of justice within educational research. Conclusions/Recommendations: This article finds that educational researchers can indeed pursue an educational account of justice. By detailing the benefits and general shape of a theory of educational justice ("justice as preservation") embedded within educational liberalism, this article suggests that educational researchers can utilize their unique insights and expertise to pose educational questions within previously under-explored areas.
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