Paulo Freire's Ideas on Education

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A philosopher is best defined as someone who studies and often writes or teaches about issues behind many different areas of study. Paulo Freire, perhaps the most influential thinker about education in the late twentieth century was born on September 19 1921 in a middle class family. He was a philosopher and an educator. He is best known for his work and influence on Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which is considered one of the most important books of the critical pedagogy movement. According to (Goodreads 2014), Paulo Freire once said that, “The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” In the view of Paulo Freire he sees teachers as people who should not try to force their own ideas on learners but they should provide the environment where learners are able to be themselves and discover themselves. Teacher should do this but they should also still teach and mould learners and should still provide them with information. In this essay I’m going to give an outline of Freire’s major ideas on education and on how he has influenced my educational thinking process.

Outline of Freire’s major ideas on education

Paulo Freire major ideas on education and his thoughts have left a significant impact on educational practise, informal education and popular education in particular. In this part of the essay I’m going to assess these impacts and then shortly examine some of the critiques that can be made out of his work. There are a few aspects of Paulo Freire work that I’m going to discussing; they are dialogue, praxis, conscientization, experien...

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