The primary mission of the Educational Problems Division is to support research teaching, activism, and practice that critically explore the ways in which educational and learning practices are shaped by social contexts and conditions. The work of our Division is heavily influenced by our Membership’s commitment to social justice. As such, we are focused not just on understanding social life and the role that education and its institutions play in shaping it, but also in actively addressing the inequities of our educational system; in shaping social policy in the educational arena; and in bridging the divide between academics and non-academics in the field of education. Our concerns include but are not limited to:
- Understanding how schools help to maintain and perpetuate social inequality;
- Examining how factors of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability affect the educational experiences of students both within and across schools; and
- Exploring what the ultimate purpose of education should be and how we as a society might best achieve this ideal.
Our members advance our mission and pursue our concerns in many arenas. On college and university campuses across the country and the globe, our members advance our mission through teaching students to critically examine the world they confront and the role that education has played in preparing – or not preparing – them for its challenges. Commitment to our mission can also be found in the scholarship of our Division’s members, whether in leading academic and policy journals, acclaimed academic and non-academic books, or in newspapers and magazines that reflect the diversity of disciplines and intellectual traditions present in our membership. Finally, our Division’s mission is also advanced by our members engaged in advocacy work and in other non-profit endeavors working to dismantle the inequities that undermine the promise of many of our youth both well before and after they enter the classroom.
Division mission statement reviewed in November 2020 by Linda M. Waldron, Christopher Newport University, Educational Problems Division Chair, 2019-2021. No edits were made. Division mission statement last edited in 2013 by Leslie R. Hinkson, Georgetown University, Educational Problems Division Chair, 2011-2013.
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