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ERIC Number: EJ946085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
A Social Justice Perspective on Strengths-Based Approaches: Exploring Educators' Perspectives and Practices
Gardner, Morgan K. A.; Toope, Deborah Florence
Canadian Journal of Education, v34 n3 p86-102 2011
What does it mean to engage in strengths-based (SB) approaches from a social justice perspective? In this paper we explore the accounts of educators who work with youth experiencing social and educational barriers to describe what it might mean to engage in SB practices from a social justice perspective. Using data generated from interviews, we draw on educators' perspectives and reported practices to inform our conceptual understanding of a SB social justice approach. We propose that a social justice perspective of SB educational work involves at least four interconnecting sets of practices: recognizing students-in-context, critically engaging strengths and positivity, nurturing democratic relations, and enacting creative and flexible pedagogies. We contend that these interrelated sets of practices are necessary for youth to engage more fully in schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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