August 16, 2016

Research

How can educators foster, in their teaching and curricula, critical consciousness as the capacity for critical reflection of the social forces that propagate inequality and develop upstander action to challenge injustice? In the social justice curricula that we developed as encounters with the different series of artworks that comprise the Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females (H2F2) — Tapestries and Sculpture by Linda Stein, our purpose is to foster critical consciousness and upstander action to challenge injustice.

Those interested in teaching social justice through encounters with art are invited to use the curricula and interactive website with your students: http://h2f2encounters.cyberhouse.emitto.net

To help the curriculum research team (C-team) to improve the H2F2 curricular encounters and to provide evidence of the effectiveness of the website in helping educators teach content based on social justice, we invite you to participate in research for this purpose. To do so, the H2F2 C-team asks that you respond to 5 open-ended questions prior to using the website and 4 open-ended questions after exploring the website for possible use in your teaching. Your responses will be confidential and will not include identifiers. Your participation would be entirely voluntary and you could opt out at any time. The consent form and pre-website questions are at http://h2f2encounters.cyberhouse.emitto.net/pre-encounters-questionnaire/

After completing these 5 questions, you can set a date/time to receive an email reminder to receive the link to the 4 questions after exploring the website. The reminder will provide a URL with the following questions with comment areas to fill in responses.

  1. How might you incorporate the H2F2 curricular encounters in your teaching?
  2. What do you imagine will happen in teaching social justice? What would you do?
  3. What challenges do you expect to face? How will you handle challenges?
  4. What changes (curriculum or pedagogy) or research are you interested in doing to prepare to teach social justice? Why is this preparation important?

Thank you for helping the H2F2 curriculum research team develop social justice education through art!

Karen Keifer-Boyd (kk-b@psu.edu), Ann Holt, Yen-Ju Lin, Wanda B. Knight, and Adetty Pérez de Miles