Teachers As Cultural Workers: Letters to Those Who Dare Teach

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Upon its recent publication in Portuguese, Paulo Freire’s newest book became an instant success. This English translation is sure to meet with similar acclaim. In Teachers as Cultural Workers, Freire speaks directly to teachers about the lessons learned from a lifetime of experience as an educator and social theorist. No other book so cogently explains the implications for classroom practice of Freire’s latest ideas and the pathbreaking theories found in Pedagogy of the Oppressed and other treatises.This book ...

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Overview

Upon its recent publication in Portuguese, Paulo Freire’s newest book became an instant success. This English translation is sure to meet with similar acclaim. In Teachers as Cultural Workers, Freire speaks directly to teachers about the lessons learned from a lifetime of experience as an educator and social theorist. No other book so cogently explains the implications for classroom practice of Freire’s latest ideas and the pathbreaking theories found in Pedagogy of the Oppressed and other treatises.This book challenges all who teach to reflect critically on the meaning of the act of teaching as well as the meaning of learning. Freire shows why a teacher’s success depends on a permanent commitment to learning and training, as part of an ongoing appraisal of classroom practice. By observing the curiosity of students and the manner through which students develop strategies for learning, the teacher is helped in discovering doubts, successes, and the teacher’s mistakes. When teachers open themselves to recognize the different roads students take in order to learn, they will become involved in a continual reconstruction of their own paths of curiosity, opening the doors to habits of learning that will benefit everyone in the classroom.

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The last work by a world-renowned Brazilian education scholar, originally published in Portuguese. Freire speaks directly to teachers about lessons learned from a lifetime of experience as an educator and social theorist, and explains the implications for classroom application of his ideas and theories found in his and other treatises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813323046
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Edge Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a world-renowned Brazilian education scholar. Perhaps the most influential thinker about education in the late twentieth century, Freire has been particularly popular with informal educators with his emphasis on dialogue and his concern for the oppressed. His legacy of commitment, love and hope to American educators can be found in the critical pedagogy which infuses hundreds of "grass roots" organizations, college classrooms, and most recently school reform efforts in major urban areas. Freire was a prolific writer and author of many books. His most important work was Pedagogy of the Oppressed in which he describes the oppressive mechanisms of a capitalist education.

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Table of Contents

Preface : a pedagogy for life
First words : a pedagogical trap 1
First letter : reading the world/reading the word 31
Second letter : don't let the fear of what is difficult paralyze you 49
Third letter : I came into the teacher training program because I had no other options 61
Fourth letter : on the indispensable qualities of progressive teachers for their better performance 71
Fifth letter : the first day of school 85
Sixth letter : on the relationship between the educator and the learners 97
Seventh letter : from talking to learners to talking to them and with them; from listening to learners to being heard by them 111
Eighth letter : cultural identity and education 123
Ninth letter : concrete context/theoretical context 135
Tenth letter : once more the question of discipline 155
Last words : to know and to grow - everything yet to see 163
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