This extensive Handbook brings together different aspects of critical pedagogy with the aim of opening up a clear international conversation on the subject, as well as pushing the boundaries of current understanding by extending the notion of a pedagogy to multiple pedagogies and perspectives. Bringing together a group of contributing authors from around the globe, the chapters will provide a unique approach and insight to the discipline by crossing a range of disciplines and articulating both philosophical and social common themes. The chapters will be organised across three volumes and twelve core thematic sections: Section 1: Reading Paulo Freire; Section 2: Social Theories; Section 3: Key Figures in Critical Pedagogy; Section 4: Global Perspectives; Section 5: Indigenous Ways of Knowing; Section 6: Education and Praxis; Section 7: Teaching and Learning; Section 8: Communities and Activism; Section 9: Communication and Media; Section 10: Arts and Aesthetics; Section 11: Critical Youth Studies; and Section 12: Science, Ecology and Wellbeing. The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners across a wide range of disciplines including education, health, sociology, anthropology and development studies.
Chapter 29: Meeting the Critical Pedagogues: A North America Context (Paulo Freire and Beyond)
Meeting the Critical Pedagogues: A North America Context (Paulo Freire and Beyond)
With Paulo Freire the notion of critical pedagogy as we understand it today emerged … Indeed, all work in critical pedagogy after him has to reference his work. — (Kincheloe, 2008a:163–4)
One of the most important educators the world has seen in the last 50 years, Paulo Freire (1921–97) is that rare human being whose thought has stood the test of time. To state this in another way relative to the sentiment in the epigraph, McLaren (2000) characterizes Freire as the ‘inaugural protagonist’ of critical pedagogy, propelling him on a worldwide-influence stage.
In that light ...