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Widely misunderstood and misinterpreted at its most basic level, critical pedagogy provides a lens through which educators and students are better able to examine and interact with the real, underlying power relationships that structure our world. These educational politics determine how we make meaning of commonplace events, the purpose and goals of public education, the structure of our schools, the preparation our teachers receive, the way students are perceived and treated, and the curricula our schools employ.Taking up the ever-shifting cultural and political landscape in the United States, Presence of Mind addresses how power manifests itself within and across different social and educational terrain and, covering a number of contemporary topics and polemics that are central to teaching educational theory and practice. Pepi Leistyna argues that it is imperative that both students and teachers take ownership of educational practice by developing theoretical frameworks that historically and socially situate the deeply embedded roots of racism, discrimination, violence, and disempowerment in this country to better understand their roles as educators and citizens. Featuring dialogues with Paulo Freire and Noam Chomsky and a glossary of critical pedagogical terms, Presence of Mind is an accessible introduction to the basic tenets of critical pedagogy, as well as an advancement in thought in social theory.
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Leistyna (ESL/bilingual studies, U. of Massachusetts-Boston) draws on the work of Paolo Friere and Noam Chomsky, arguing for the need for educators to make explicit the moral and political aims at work in their practices and to develop pedagogies that critically address how knowledge is related to the power of self-definition and social transformation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813334769
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: Edge Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pepi Leistyna Pepi Leistyna is assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, in the Department of ESL/Bilingual Studies, where he teaches courses in cultural studies and language acquisition. A recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Leistyna’s research has centered around issues of language and experience, democracy and education, and the implementation of critical multicultural curricula in public schools. He conceptualized and coedited Breaking Free: The Transformational Power of Critical Pedagogy.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Critical Pedagogy and the Project of Exemplary Prophecy
Memorial to Paulo: What's Past, What's Present, a Look into the Future: Remembering Paulo 1921-1997
1 Back to the Basics: An Introduction to the Fundamental Tenets of Critical Pedagogy 1
2 Presence of Mind in the Process of Learning and Knowing: A Dialogue with Paulo Freire 45
3 Racenicity: Whitewashing Ethnicity, Education, and the Public Mind 61
4 Demystifying Democracy: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky 103
5 Veritas: The Fortunes of My Miseducation at Harvard 127
6 Reading Between the Lines of E. D. Hirsch, Jr.'s Core Knowledge Sequence 165
Afterword: A Pedagogy of Entrapment 205
Glossary 217
References 227
Index 241
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