REICE 2017 - Volume 15, No 3
Contributions of the Alternative Schools to Social and Environmental Justice: Self-concept, Self-esteem and Respect

Alternative schools are valuable because they explore non-conventional models which may contain the keys for a global educational change. The three alternative schools analysed for this research through ethnographic and biographic-narrative approaches emerged as an answer to failure and other injustices occurring in traditional schools (violence, exclusion, authoritarianism, cultural imperialism, unsustainability, etc.). This allows us to analyse how a model against the legitimation and perpetuation of these social and environmental injustices is constructed. The article will delve into how alternative schools lay the foundations for a more just world through self-knowledge, self-esteem and respect, questioning the effectiveness of traditional schools in terms of values, peace, respect, coexistence and participation. Results show us how to organise a school which recognises each person, allows participation, distributes resources equally and trains students who can detect injustices and mobilise against them.

Key words
Schools, Alternative education, Social justice, Ecology.
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Carneros, S., & Murillo, F. J. (2017). Aportaciones de las escuelas alternativas a la justicia social y ambiental: Autoconcepto, autoestima y respeto [Contributions of the alternative schools to social and environmental justice: Self-concept, self-esteem and respect]. REICE. Revista Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación, 15(3), 129-150.