Critical Teaching and Everyday Life

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University of Chicago Press, 1980 - Education - 270 pages
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In this unique book on education, Shor develops teaching theory side-by-side with a political analysis of schooling. Drawing on the work of Paulo Freire, he offers the first practical and theoretical guide to Freirean methods for American classrooms. Central to his method is a commitment to learning through dialogue and to exploring themes from everyday life. He poses alienation and mass culture as key obstacles to learning, and establishes critical literacy as a foundation for studying any subject.
 

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Contents

THE WORKING CLASS GOES TO COLLEGE
1
INTERFERENCES TO CRITICAL THOUGHT Consciousness in School and Daily Life
46
RECONSTRUCTED LEARNING
92
EXTRAORDINARILY REEXPERIENCING THE ORDINARY Theory of Critical Teaching
93
MONDAY MORNING Critical Literacy and the Theme of Work
125
LEARNING HOW TO LEARN Conceptual Thought in a Utopia Course
155
SOCIAL INQUIRY Daily Life and Language Projects
195
QUESTIONING SEXISM Poetry and Marriage Contracts
217
CULTURE AGAINST ITSELF Reflection Through Drama
241
CRITICAL TEACHING AND A LIBERATORY FUTURE
267
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About the author (1980)

Ira Shor, an English professor at Staten Island College, City University of New York, has been teaching and writing about education for fifteen years.

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