Mindful Wonderment: Using Focus Groups to Frame Social Justice


  • Rolla Lewis California State University
  • Susan Davis Lenski Portland State University
  • Swapna Mukhopadhyay Portland State University
  • Chris Taylor Cartwright Portland State University




In the recent past many professional schools of education in the United States have embraced social justice as central to their mission in preparing teachers, counselors, and administrators to work in preK-16 settings. This article documents our initial inquiry guided by mindful wonderment into an effort to frame social justice as a collective collaboration involving support staff, faculty, and administrators within a graduate school of education. A series of focus groups made up of members of a school of education considered the commitment to social justice not only for its preK-16 candidates but also for transforming the environment and culture within the institution.


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Lewis, R., Lenski, S. D., Mukhopadhyay, S., & Cartwright, C. T. (2010). Mindful Wonderment: Using Focus Groups to Frame Social Justice. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 2(2), 82–105. https://doi.org/10.33043/JSACP.2.2.82-105