class 5 critical pedagogy

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some principles of critical pedagogy

  • horizontal, reciprocal rather than top-down, hierarchical “banking” method
  • collaborative rather than competitive
  • problem-posing and dialogic
  • everybody brings knowledge; educator acts as coordinator to bring this out 
  • seeks to develop critical consciousness of one’s relationship to power structures
  • uncovers the “hidden curriculum” of dominant educational institutions
  • empowers the voices of everyday people to challenge “culture(s) of silence”  
  • whole body:  mind/spirit/heart/feelings; this includes the “social-emotional”
  • oriented towards praxis, social change

1.  Freire, P. (2000). Pedagogy of the oppressed (M.B. Ramos, Trans.) (30th anniversary edition). New York: Continuum Books. Ch. 2, read first 11 paragraphs up to [Footnote #1: Simone de Beauvoir…

2.  Paulo Freire and the Development of Critical Pedagogy   4.56

3.  Four Steps to Liberation: Paulo Freire and Pedagogy of the Oppressed  4.40

4.  Maryellen Weimer.  Critical Pedagogy Brings New Teaching and Learning Challenges.  Teaching and Learning.  December 8, 2009.


praxis cycle

Reading questions —  written response required 

  1.  What are some thoughts on these readings/videos on critical pedagogy?  How do they resonate with your experience?  What are some takeaways to share in class?
  2.  Critical pedagogy seeks a horizontal method of shaping “curriculum content” by drawing from learners’ experience and questions, jointly posed by learners and instructor.  Given the multiple levels of systemic breakdown we face — public health pandemic, economic precarity, government austerity, youth uprising against structural racism  — what problems/questions might you pose, connecting the focus of this course (youth, democracy, and the entertainment industries) to the current situation?  While the instructor has set an initial syllabus outline, in relation to the crisis, what do you think we should study?

Post on your rolling Google doc.  Send link to instructor:  jsaxe@umass.edu.  Include date and name of assignment at the top of your response notes.  Single-space, proof-read.  Two paragraphs.

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