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    George argues that critical pedagogy enables students and society to actively practice principles of equality, liberty, and justice and is also known to be empowering, liberatory, radical or engaged pedagogy. Critical pedagogy overlaps with other pedagogies, such as feminism or cultural studies, but its “commitment to education for citizenship” defines it from the other practices” (78). Based on Freire’s work, critical pedagogy focuses on developing students to “define, analyze, and problematic the economic, political, and cultural forces that shape their lives” rather than treating them like a piggy bank and depositing information into their brain (78). The field grew out of the dissatisfaction with the conservative education reforms of…

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    Critical Pedagogy A lens through which the disadvantages faced by many people in regard to their ethnicity and gender, and how this effect their ability to learn, is the learning theory of critical pedagogy. This is similar to the theory of constructivism; both are opposed to the transmission model of communication and situate learners as active participants where they are posed problems and allowed to solve them (Lindauer, 2007). But, while constructivist learning focuses on creating valued…

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    three different philosophies, each sharing the same purpose; education. Classical Traditional/Conservative, Liberal Progressive and Critical Pedagogy are well known philosophies contributing to the teaching methods taught today. Teachers, learners, curriculum, desired results, methodology and learning environment are each clarified profoundly in every philosophy. Some may be compared similarly while other elements differ drastically. In education, the learners play a significant factor, each…

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    Critical Pedagogy evolved under the influence educator, Paulo Freire (Morgan, 1997). Freire, like Dewey and Montessori, refuted the theoretical underpinnings of didactic pedagogy. He condemned the banking model of education where students only received information and knowledge from the teacher. As a result, he proposed a pedagogy that liberated rather than conformed where education was viewed as a student-centred problem-posing process, in which learning emerges through a collaborative…

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    Critical democratic pedagogies understand educative or learning processes as a continuous, two-way, dialectic process. These processes are constructed around the personal experiences of the students and allow critical thinking and action. All that, in order to help students grow (Drinkwater, 2014). This kind of pedagogies give students the opportunity to speak out and be heard. That means too that student’s previous experiences and interest are taken into account in the classroom for their…

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    3.4 Critical pedagogy as an education paradigm Based on my observations, the critical pedagogy paradigm was not present. This is because critical pedagogy firstly requires change of attitude from the traditional classroom whereby the teacher feeds the knowledge to the learners and they absorb the information. Teachers have this perception that using traditional methods of lecturing, asserting authority, transferring skills and knowledge to the learners is the correct approach to do the work.…

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    This paper analyzes Paulo Freire’s views of the educational system and the faults he sees in it, from Chapter 2 of his essay, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire discusses two approaches of education, banking and problem-posing education that are present in education today. Freire argues that banking education, which portrays the teacher as the narrator, detaches students from reality as they are seen as containers being filled with pre-selected contents of the narration. In this model, the…

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    About Henry Giroux: Henry Giroux is a well known critical pedagogy scholar, in 2014 he was the holder of the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department. Giroux was born on the 18th of September in 1943 and received his doctorate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977. He is widely known for writing and researching about pedagogy, youth studies, media studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and higher education.…

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    Critical Literacy Analysis

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    Not often do we talk about critical literacy and its place in the classroom. Many new initiatives have begun to take place in education surrounding literacy and effective practices to better prepare our students for college or the workforce. After checking my state’s department of education website, I failed to find specific information about critical literacy. With limited knowledge on the topic, several definitions were explored. From these definitions, I will conclude with a usable definition…

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    in 1968. Freire wrote, the students are not called to know, but to memorize the contents narrated by the teacher. Nor do the students practice an act of cognition, since the object towards which that act should be directed is the property of the teacher rather than a medium evoking the critical reflection of both teacher and students. ( Freire p 222). In other words, the student is learning only by memorization and is not given ample opportunities to gain a complete understanding…

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