The Future of Social Justice in Adult Education: A Gateway to Evolutionary Change

Kathryn Nelson, James Witte


Social justice is a difficult term to define, partly due to its overall complexity. In general terms, social justice is a set of beliefs and behaviors concerned with liberty, individual and collective rights, social, economic and political opportunities.Social justice has expanded to include a broad set of definitions that differ depending on the source. Social justice means different things to different individuals based on their current studies or occupation. The challenge is determining how our societal roles help narrow a working definition of social justice so itcan be applied to graduate programs and organizational training programs, in much the same way that mission statements are applied. Similar to mission statements that include a succinct set of standards and goals agreed upon by those within an organization, a definition of social justice can be just as succinct without excluding history or hope for the future.


Social justice, Adult education, Beliefs, Challenges, Definition

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