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10 October 2006 @ 01:02 am
Is there a relation at all to critical pedagogy and a student movement ("student power")?

I'm doing a lot of thinking about perspectives on the social role of schools and students, I recently picked up Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society and Chomsky's Chomsky on Miseducation, because I thought they might help me get further into this topic. Any other reccomendations?

Further, I'm wondering if anybody knows of any good books on the practice of critical pedagogy, I read Pedagogy of the Oppressed which I want to re-read soon and also Educating for Critical Consciousness but I'm still confussed about how a teacher, today, in American public schools, could put this pedagogy to work. Obviously the "teacher" is much more like facilitator than what we think of "teachers" today but I'm just ... totally at a loss for how one actually practices critical pedagogy, or what "critical consciousness" is exactly.

This is all very new to me, so excuse me if this all comes off a bit ignorant.
mucilofamucilmucilofamucil on October 10th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
I like Howard Gardner's approach to pedagogy. He redefines intelligence as a purely functional ability to solve problems or create products that are valued within a community. He focuses on expanding the critical faculty through questioning the child more than lecturing the child. He emphasises experience over study. The Gardner schools only work with very young children but have had lots of success so far in accelerating children's capacity to understand. Once there is a sufficiently large pool of data showing that students using Gardner's methods get better grades and advance faster, there will be some hope for getting public schools changed for the better.
Communism is just a Red Herringmicrowavejesus on October 10th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
students using Gardner's methods get better grades and advance faster
What's the relevence of getting better grades though?
mucilofamucilmucilofamucil on October 10th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
What's the relevence of getting better grades though?

The American government accepts grades as a metric of education. By showing that the methods produce better grades, the methods will have greater support when lobbied.

If you're asking me what grades have to do with education, I couldn't give you a good answer.
Voyagervoyager640 on December 31st, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
For the practice of critical pedagogy---

a) have your students read Freire and see what ideas they come up for reforming the classroom.

b) read freire and discuss it with other teachers to see what ideas you can come up with

c) Check out Stephen Brookfield's books -- discussion as a way of teaching -- becoming a critically reflective teacher -- some excellent resources on applied critical pedagogy.