The Educational Achievement Gap as a Social Justice Issue for Teacher Educators

  • Rachel Collopy University of Dayton
  • Connie Bowman University of Dayton
  • David A. Taylor

Abstract

The educational achievement gap is a critical social justice issue. Catholic and Marianist conceptions of social justice in particular call people to work with others in their spheres of life to transform institutions in order to further human rights while promoting the common good. Drawing on key elements of Catholic teaching on social justice, we argue that the achievement gap constitutes a social injustice. We then offer a case illustrating collaboration between university-based teacher educators and school faculty to address the achievement gap through transforming the institutions of school and of teacher preparation. The Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), founded on the University of Dayton’s campus to prepare seventh through 12th graders to become first-generation college graduates, has become an essential site for preparing University of Dayton teacher candidates to become effective teachers of traditionally underachieving students. Our collaboration has resulted in the ongoing transformation of a school and a university’s teacher education program to address the social injustice of the educational achievement gap.

Author Biographies

Rachel Collopy, University of Dayton

Rachel M. B. Collopy is an associate professor of education at the University of Dayton.

Connie Bowman, University of Dayton
Connie Bowman is an associate professor of education and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Dayton.
David A. Taylor
David A. Taylor is principal of the Dayton Early College Academy.
Published
2012-09-17
How to Cite
Collopy, R., Bowman, C., & Taylor, D. A. (2012). The Educational Achievement Gap as a Social Justice Issue for Teacher Educators. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 16(1), 4-25. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/cej/article/view/1950
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Articles