Literacy: reading the word & the world

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Bergin & Garvey Publishers, Jul 31, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 184 pages
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"At a time when popularizers of cultural literacy are prescribing a cultural canon for the purposes of prying open the `closed minds' of American youth . . . Literacy provides an articulate and courageous response." Harvard Educational Review "[This] book directs our attention to literacy in its broadest sense so that we can better evaluate the shortcomings of our work as educators at all levels of learning." Contemporary Sociology "Every chapter . . . asks teachers to think again about how they teach, what they want for their pupils and how to get on with it." The Times Educational Supplement

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Contents

Introduction Literacy and the Pedagogy
1
The Importance of the
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Adult Literacy and Popular
37
Copyright

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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.

Donaldo Macedo is professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts - Boston. He is the author of many books, including "Literacies of Power" and the forthcoming "Ideology Matters", coauthored with Paulo Freire.

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