Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Tace Vigliante

Dr Tace Vigliante

BEd (Hons) UniSA, PhD UniSA

Dr Tace Vigliante is a social justice educator who joined the School of Teacher Education, Bathurst as a lecturer in 2011.

After completing her honours research on anti-racism education in pre-service teacher education, Tace spent 3 years in a remote Aboriginal community on the Pitjantjatjara Lands. She then returned to UniSA to conduct her PhD research on developing understandings of social justice and equal human worth in teacher education.

In her PhD thesis, a case is made for the importance of developing philosophical and, more particularly, ethical understandings, which underpin understandings of social justice. An argument is mounted, not present in existing literature, for a Capabilities Based Approach to social justice and Social Justice Education. An understanding of equality, namely, equal human worth, is argued for, based on the common human capacity for suffering and well-being. In addition, the attribution of individual responsibility and prejudice are identified as common denials of equal human worth. The necessary conditions for effective Social Justice Education course design is investigated with the Philosophy for Children's Community of Inquiry approach being noted, for its proficiency in developing such understandings whilst also incorporating the strategies found in the literature to be effective in developing equal worth and reducing denials of equal worth. An intervention study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of a pre-service teacher education course, which aimed to develop understandings of common human capabilities using a Community of Inquiry pedagogy. Findings included a significant increase in the intervention group on measures of equal human worth and a reduction in the common denials of equal worth. It is concluded that a Community of Inquiry pedagogy is effective in developing such understandings of equality while avoiding pedagogical problems of indoctrination and political correctness.

Through both her teaching and research in teacher education, Tace has focused on the importance of social justice as a central goal of education. Tace teaches in the Social Studies curriculum subjects (SOSE/HSIE) and in Indigenous Studies in Education subjects, both on campus and distance education. She considers Indigenous Studies in teacher education an important vehicle for addressing disadvantage and injustice in Australia. Her teaching and research focus on anti-racism education has continued through the provision of a CSU Faculty grant.

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  • Social education
  • Social justice education
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Anti-racism and anti-prejudice education
  • Philosophy for Children
  • Ethical inquiry and the 'community of inquiry' approach
  • Philosophy across the school curriculum
  • Values education, ethical reasoning and thinking skills

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  • Social Educator's Association of Australia (SEAA)
  • International Society for Justice Research
  • Primary Ethics (teacher and trainer)
  • Philosophy For Australian Schools (Former Chair)

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  • Vigliante, T. (2014) Developing the necessary skills and dispositions required for teaching effective anti-racism education: The importance of sound arguments and the ability to refute counter arguments when discussing notions of 'race' and racism. Australian Teacher Education Association, Australian Catholic University, Sydney.
  • Vigliante, T. (2014) Developing understandings of social justice and equal human worth: An intervention study within pre-service teacher education. Unpublished PhD thesis. University of South Australia.
  • Vigliante, T. (2010) Developing pre-service teachers' attitudes to social justice through philosophical inquiry. Focus on the philosophical concept of equal moral worth. The 17th International Conference on Learning, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong.
  • Collins, C. Knight, S. & Vigliante, T. (2010) Fostering thoughtful engagement in the political process through teacher education: an intervention study. Australian Teacher Education Association, James Cook University, Townsville.
  • Vigliante, T. (2010) Social justice education with very young children. Conference presentation at the Social Educators' Association of Australia Biennial Conference, Adelaide.
  • Vigliante, T. & Collins, C. (2010) Reducing prejudice towards the homeless through philosophical inquiry. Conference presentation Social Educators' Association of Australia Biennial Conference, Adelaide.
  • Vigliante, T. (2007) Social justice through effective anti-racism education: A survey of pre-service teachers. Journal of Educational Enquiry vol. 7, no. 1 p103-128.
  • Vigliante, T. (2005) Effective anti-racism education in Australian schools: the need for philosophical inquiry in teacher education programs. Critical and Creative Thinking: The Australasian Journal of Philosophy in Education Vol. 13, 1&2 p. 90-113.
  • Vigliante, T. (2004) Pre-service teachers' aims of education and notions of social justice in relation to anti-racism education. Unpublished honours thesis. University of South Australia.

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