Abstract 2- Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2009



Building Tasks” of Critical History: Structuring Social Studies for Social Justice

Wayne Au
California State University, Fullerton


Using research in curriculum studies, New Literacy Studies, and discourse analysis, the author examines two illustrative cases of social studies teachers who actively structure their lesson plans with the aim of promoting social justice education. This study finds that these teachers seek to encourage students to question social and economic relations by “building” their curricula in specific ways.

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About the Author(s)…

Wayne Au is a former social studies and language arts public school teacher and currently is Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton. Most recently he is author of Unequal by Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality, and he is a contributing editor for the progressive education journal, Rethinking Schools.

Contact information: California State University-Fullerton, Department of Secondary Education, P. O. Box 6868, Fullerton, CA 92834-6868; Email: wau@fullerton.edu