Navigating the Meanings of Social Justice, Teaching for Social Justice, and Multicultural Education


  • Hyunhee Cho Ewha Womans University


multicultural education, teacher education, social justice, equity education, social justice literacies


This article uses well-received contemporary scholarship—works by Iris Young, Nancy Fraser, Morva McDonald, Connie North, and Geneva Gay—to illuminate a high degree of coherence among the substantive meanings of social justice, teaching for social justice, and multicultural education. Based on these relationships, the article suggests that social justice is an inherent feature and goal of multicultural education, and the discourses between teaching for social justice and multicultural education should be mutually associated with one another to more effectively promote social justice. The article closes by outlining personal literacy that has the potential to enrich research and practice in multicultural education.

Author Biography

Hyunhee Cho, Ewha Womans University

Hyunhee Cho (PhD) is Instructor of Education and Elementary Education at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She specialized multicultural education at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests lie in the intersection of social studies and multicultural education woven in a framework of social justice. Cho has served as a curriculum designer in Human and Society at Ewha Womans University’s Center for Gifted Education. She also has collaborated actively with researchers in a high-profile research project on teachers’ implementation of multicultural education funded by the Ministry of Education, South Korea. She has published journal articles in the field of education, and her studies on multicultural education were presented at various international conferences including 2016 American Educational Research Association. Selected honors include a Scholarship from UW College of Education, a Graduation with Honor, and Honor Scholarships from Ewha.




How to Cite

Cho, H. (2017). Navigating the Meanings of Social Justice, Teaching for Social Justice, and Multicultural Education. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 19(2), 1–19.



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