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The concept of ‘pedagogy’ has become increasingly important as a frame of reference for debate about teaching and learning. In this book the authors analyze and explore contemporary ideas of pedagogy through the work of key figures including Freire, Montessori, and Vygotsky, and explain how a new conception of pedagogy could transform educational institutions, particularly schools.


The child is made of one hundred.

The child has

A hundred languages

A hundred hands

A hundred thoughts

A hundred ways of thinking

… The school and the culture

… tell the child

to discover the world already there

and of the hundred

they steal the ninety-nine.

They tell the child

That work and play

Reality and fantasy

Science and imagination

Sky and earth

Reason and dream are things

That do not belong together

And thus they tell the child

That the hundred is not there.1

Education is risky, for it fuels the sense of possibility. But a failure to equip minds with the skills for understanding and acting in the cultural world is not simply scoring a pedagogical zero. It risks creating alienation, defiance and practical incompetence. And all of these undermine the viability of a culture.2

To begin always anew, to make, ...

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