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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.


Pedagogy can change people's lives, it has a power to transform.

Pedagogy, we believe, is going to take centre stage in social and economic debates in the twenty-first century. Creating the conditions and means for successful and relevant learning we see as a prerequisite of freedom and democracy. In this book we have illustrated this in a number of ways. There are the big picture ideas of people like Paulo Freire, who linked pedagogy and oppression, particularly in the developing world. But we also have the smaller picture stories around individual teachers in the post-totalitarian world of Albania in the 1990s, or the Eastern Cape teachers in post-apartheid South Africa. The picture below was taken in a primary school just outside Lesotho a few years ...

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