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ERIC Number: EJ1135094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Justice Praxis in Education: Towards Sustainable Management Strategies
van Deventer, Idilette; van der Westhuizen, Philip C.; Potgieter, Ferdinand J.
South African Journal of Education, v35 n2 Article 956 May 2015
Social justice, defined as an impetus towards a socially just educational world, is based on the assumption that all people, irrespective of belief or societal position, are entitled to be treated according to the values of human rights, human dignity and equality. Diverging from the classical positivist approach in social science research that takes injustice as its impetus, the researchers departed from a socio-rationalist approach into exploring sustainable management strategies for effective social justice praxis. This approach has enabled the construction of a conceptual-theoretical framework and an iterative qualitative inquiry, which has as its central principal the sustainable management strategies for effective social justice praxis. Four key findings affirmed the belief that good praxis was to be found in "Gemeinschaft" relationships, in the influence exerted by government and education systems and structures, where government "and" principals were found to be co-responsible in ensuring that the best interest of the child was served. This responsibility included practices found in collaborative efforts, where communities became the guardians of their schools due to a disciplined school that followed constitutional values. Lastly, these practitioners aligned their management strategies with human rights values, as well as human dignity and equality, and their strategies found pride of place in extant ubuntu principles.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Praxis, Interpersonal Relationship, Change Strategies, Sustainability, Constructivism (Learning), Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Principals, Leadership Styles, Caring, Empathy, Administrator Responsibility, School Administration, Educational Strategies, Governance, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa