Reading Paulo Freire: His Life and Work / Edition 1

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This book was written as Paulo Freire himself would have done it, using a method of learning through victories and defeats in the same way one learns life. The author follows a chronological line in which life and work are naturally mixed. In many cases, he lets Paulo Freire's work speak for itself.
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A personal commentary on how revolutionary Brazilian education theorist Freire's philosophy of liberation relates to the historical events that have shaped his life. In the process, highlights a number of his ideas that might interest North American educational and cultural workers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791419243
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: SUNY Series in Teacher Empowerment and School Reform
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Land of Contrasts and a Pedagogy of Contradiction
by Carlos Alberto Torres

by Peter L. McLaren and Henry A. Giroux


1. We Can Also Learn in the Shade of the Mangoes

A Teenager Who Considered Himself Ugly
Teaching as a Passion
The Act of Studying
The Act of Knowing

2. The Method Which Took Paulo Freire into Exile

Literacy and Conscientization
The Stages of the Method
Literacy of Children
Basic Readers and Cultural Readers
The Methods Nowadays and Its Reinvention

3. Learning from History

Historical Factors in the Thinking of Paulo Freire
The Military Coup
Exile in Chile
The Main Works of the First Phase of Exile
African Experience

4. A Pedagogy for Liberation

Dialogic Pedagogy
Banking Education and Problematizing Education
Dialogic and Antidialogic Theory
The Directive Role of the Educator
The Intellectual and the Popular Masses
Cultural Action for Freedom
Christian Socialism and Utopia

5. Relearning Brazil

A New Context, New Ideas
Works on Paulo Freire
Paulo Freire Today

6. A Revolutionary Educator

Coherence: Theory and Practice
No Reply is Definitive
The Revolutionary Educator: Patiently Impatient
Pedagogy of Indignation
The "Last" Freire
Paulo Freire as Public Administrator

7. Paulo Freire in the Context of Contemporary Pedagogical Thought

Carl Rogers and Student-Centered Learning
Confrontation with Ivan Illich
John Dewey and the New School
Vygotsky and the Revolutionary Soviet Educators
The Complexity and the Universal Dimension of the Work of Paulo Freire
Critique, Self-Critique, and Dialectic Conception


Epilogue: Education at the End of This Century

Dialogue with Paulo Freire



Paulo Freire's Main Works (in Chronological Order)
Main Works about Paulo Freire and Other Consulted Works


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