Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Education - 144 pages
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This volume looks at the territory of learning and activism, the essence of human life. This book shows why an engaged way of learning and teaching is central to the creation of the individual, culture and history. The author, Paulo Freire, finds in the emerging global society a new context in which education cannot be indifferent to the reproduction of dominant ideologies and the interrogation of them. Freire shows why an acceptance of fatalism leads to loss of personal and societal freedoms, he argues against progressive liberalsim and its acceptance of a world where poverty must inevitably coexist with opulence.
  

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This would be a good introduction to Freire's work. He describes a true education as one that values the individual and teaches critical thought as opposed to one that merely transfers information and ... Read full review

Review: Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

User Review  - Nina - Goodreads

A must-read for any teacher, whether in the classroom, home, or community. Dare to be radical. Dare to question, feel, disagree, and think for yourself. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
INTRODUCTORY REFLECTIONS
21
THERE IS NO TEACHING WITHOUT LEARNING
29
Methodological Rigor
33
Research
35
Respect for What Students Know
36
A Capacity to Be Critical
37
Ethics and Aesthetics
38
Capacity to Apprehend Reality
66
Joy and Hope
69
Conviction That Change Is Possible
72
Teaching Requires Curiosity
79
TEACHING IS A HUMAN ACT
85
Commitment
89
Education as a Form of Intervention in the World
90
Freedom and Authority
95

Words Incarnated in Example
39
Risk Acceptance of What Is New and Rejection of Discrimination
41
Critical Reflection on Practice
43
Cultural Identity
45
TEACHING IS NOT JUST TRANSFERRING KNOWLEDGE
49
Awareness of Our Unfinishedness
51
Recognition of Ones Conditioning
54
Respect for the Autonomy of the Student
59
Common Sense
60
Humility Tolerance and the Struggle for the Rights of Educators
64
Decision Making That Is Aware and Conscientious
99
Knowing How to Listen
101
Education Is Ideological
112
Openness to Dialogue
120
Caring for the Students
124
NOTES
131
INDEX
135
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
144
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About the author (1998)

Paulo Freire is one of the most widely read educational philosophers and practitioners in the world today, except in the United States, where he remains relatively unknown to many in the educational community as well as the general public. Freire received international acclaim and notoriety with his first and best-known work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, first published in English in 1970. His teachings draw much of their inspiration from a Marxist critique of society; for this reason he was forced into exile from his native Brazil in 1964, and his works were banned in many developing nations. His pedagogy for adult literacy has been implemented successfully in several African nations and has been the basis for literacy crusades in Nicaragua and other Latin American countries. His philosophical approach to education forms the basis for much of the critical theory work in education now taking place in the United States, Europe, and developing nations.