Echoes from Freire for a Critically Engaged Pedagogy

Author(s): Peter Mayo

Education Theory

In this concise and accessible text, Peter Mayo outlines some of the major concepts in Freire's praxis. In pursuit of a critically engaging pedagogy, Mayo compares Freire's work with a range of other thinkers and educators, including Lorenzo Milani, Antonia Darder, John Dewey, Margaret Ledwith, Antonio Gramsci, and Henry Giroux. Chapters in the book include discussions of the State's role in education - specifically higher education; a critical analysis of the dominant discourse in education centering on 'competences' and the type of slant this discourse takes; a study of adult education through a Freirean lens; an historical view of Nicaragua's Freire-inspired literacy and popular education campaigns of 1980; a fresh perspective on the role of social movements in the contexts of social transformation; a new analysis of the relevance of Freirean concepts for transformative research, and an exploration of educators as intellectuals and social actors. The result is a compelling study of how Paulo Freire's writings continue to resonate around the world, and of how we must continue to apply and interpret them anew.


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A concise, accessible survey of the legacy and impact of Paulo Freire's work, by a leading scholar in the field of Critical Pedagogy.

Peter Mayo is Professor of Education and Head of the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta. He is the co-editor of the series Postcolonial Studies in Education (Palgrave).

Acknowledgements FREIREAN CONCEPTS Chapter 1 Introduction: Pedagogy of the Oppressed Chapter 2 Freire's Ideas More Generally: On Whose Side Are We When We Teach Act? Chapter 3 Freire on Intellectuals FREIREAN INTERPRETATIONS Chapter 4 Reading and Transforming the World Together: A Freirean Perspective on Education and Social Movements Chapter 5 The Competence Discourse and the Struggle for Social Agency and Citizenship: A Freirean Perspective Chapter 6 Critical Literacy and the Development of a Multi-Ethnic Citizenship: A Freirean Southern-European Perspective Chapter 7 Popular Education and Transformative Research Chapter 8 Adult Learning, Teaching and Programme Planning: Insights from Freire AFFINITIES WITH FREIRE Chapter 9 Paulo Freire and Lorenzo Milani Chapter 10 Julius Nyerere's Thinking on Education FREIREAN INSPIRATION Chapter 11 Critical Pedagogy, Historical Materialism and Dialectical Thinking: A Tribute to Paula Allman Chapter 12 Dissidence, Love and Cultural Power: An Essay on Antonia Darder Chapter 13 Striving Against the Eclipse of Democracy: Henry A. Giroux's Critical Pedagogy for Social Justice Bibliography Author Index Subject Index

General Fields

  • : 9781441110855
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : January 2013
  • : books

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  • : Peter Mayo
  • : Paperback
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