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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
English in Education

For a Special Issue on
Social Justice and English Education

Manuscript deadline
14 January 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Velda Elliott, University of Oxford
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Social Justice and English Education

One of the priorities identified in our agenda setting exercise last year (Elliott & Hodgson, 2021) was research on English Education and social justice. English teaching has often been at the core of debates about social justice and education – the role of cultural literacy, for example; the importance of success in reading; the promotion of certain pedagogies with a declared aim of reducing attainment gaps or increasing social mobility; conversely discourses around language ‘gaps’ and Standard English promote deficit views of certain groups of young people. Meanwhile, the access of young people to books with diverse representation is under threat in places while others have never seen themselves represented in the books they encounter in education.

We invite contributors to submit papers for a special edition of English in Education focusing on social justice and English Education, considering both in their widest form. What does it mean to think about social justice in the English classroom in the here and now? How can English teachers promote social justice inside a school system which is largely based around replicating social inequality? How does English Education best serve the goal of social justice?

Topics might include:

  • Class, race, gender, disability, or care-experience and inequality
  • Social justice and the curriculum
  • Social justice and attainment
  • Prison or youth offender institutions and English education
  • International comparisons of social justice in the English classroom
  • Representation and inclusion in curriculum, pedagogy and attainment
  • Policy and practice

We encourage both academics and classroom practitioners to submit papers and hope to feature a range of approaches to the topic, and a range of focus areas. We welcome international perspectives and contributions.

Submission Instructions

To discuss a possible contribution, please email [email protected]

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