In this introductory chapter, we articulate learning as the creative process of intentionally providing opportunities for growth in the learners’ cognitive, social, affective, and academic development and achievement facilitated and nurtured by true equity. The authors’ true equity framework entails providing the historically marginalized groups of students hope and justice, recognition and redistribution of resources needed to achieve their career and academic interests, motivation and engagement, consideration of the ways race and language matter in addressing inequities, and the critical consciousness required in interpreting, conceptualizing, analyzing, and interacting with the world in order to reach their career and academic achievement. The chapter recognizes and attempts to cover the social and cultural identities and needs of students who may be on the margins based on their race, ethnicity, religion, language, ability/disability, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and citizenship status. The authors believe that if we are truly committed to improving education for all children, we have to “mind the margins and it is imperative that we move the discussion about the impact of education from celebrating the academic gain of a few, to equity through inclusion of all, by attending to the needs of the many marginalized students who are often discounted.
Lalas, J.W. and Strikwerda, H.L. (2021), "Introduction to Mind the Margins: There Is No Teaching Without True Equity", Lalas, J.W. and Strikwerda, H.L. (Ed.) Minding the Marginalized Students Through Inclusion, Justice, and Hope (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Vol. 16), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620210000016001
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