Paulo Freire and the Curriculum

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Overview

How can Paulo Freire’s progressive and vital contributions to curriculum planning can be made more relevant today for educators, policy makers and anybody involved in education? This book provides a necessary framework as it articulates significant questions. The first deals with Freire’s positions on curriculum planning, the second is devoted to the historical development and the character of his perspective on curriculum planning, and the third refers to the ways his perspective compares to others, as well as to its contemporary value.

Freire’s perspective comes into direct conflict with traditional views on curriculum planning, the content of which represents what is perceived as the highest expression of Western civilization. Freire also breaks with the dominant perspective of social efficiency on curriculum planning whose main aim is to supply, via behavioral objectives, the knowledge and skills deemed necessary for the efficient function of the economy and the society, treats learners as passive receivers of knowledge, and assigns to curriculum a technical character disarticulated from social, political or ideological conflicts. In addition, he does not focus on studying the learner in an abstract or a-historical framework, nor does he adopt an individualistic interpretation which fetishizes spontaneity.

In contrast to traditional perspectives on the curriculum, Freire provides a fertile ground for teachers and any others who seek to transform schools and improve student’s learning and lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594517471
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Series in Critical Narrative
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

George Grollios is Associate Professor of Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Department of Primary Education at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His many publications include a previous book about literacy and Paulo Freire.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has published numerous books and articles and his most recent books include America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014).

The Toronto Star has named Henry Giroux one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think! Read the article here: Twelve Canadians Changing the Way We Think

Panayota Gounari is Assistant Professor in the Applied Linguistics Graduate Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Donaldo Macedo is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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