Education as Praxis0 Knowledge which leads to action0 “All social life is practical” (Marx, 1845)0 Praxis brings theory and practice together0 Praxis leads to creativity0 Praxis starts with a question0 The importance of ‘lived experience’
Paulo Freire: Educational thinker,educational activist0 1921-19970 South American theorist0 Marxist tradition0 Political activist0 Critical pedagogy aimed at thegrass roots
Freire and education0 Interest in the reproduction of inequalities0 Education and the ‘banking concept’0 Education and ‘ako’ (a term from Rose Pere)0 Conscientization – literacy, critical literacy, andreading the world
“Conscientization means breaking throughprevailing mythologies to reach new levels ofawareness—in particular, awareness of oppression,being an ‘object’ of others’ will rather than a self-determining ‘subject.’ The process ofconscientization involves identifying contradictionsin experience through dialogue and becoming partof the process of changing the world”(Goldbard, cited on Conscientization, 2007, para.3)
Process0Inquiry – Looking atissues or topics ofimportance0Examination – Lookingat the social aspects ofwords and positions0Problematization –Critical challenge ofworld which leads tochange(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pablo_Freire_Method)
What Freire Teaches Us0 Praxis0 Dialogue0 Contestation0 Critique0 The basics and …0 Thinking beyond thebasics0 Hope
Praxis in action:Conscientization0 Adult education0 Community education0 Alternative Schools0 Afterschool Programs0 Youth Work
What we would expect to see…0 Effective agency0 Paulo Freire0 Conscientization0 Education0 Literacy0 A challenging of structuralinequalities0 A focus on literacy
Community literacy0Reading the world through collaboration andinquiry (“negotiated meaning” (p.213))0Aimed at social change0These changes are often in the immediatesocial world0The fear of youth0Allow young people to negotiate a position forthemselves in their worlds
Fresh literacies0Literacies that arise from popular culture0Literacies that arise from technology0DUSTY: Powerful and Lyfe in Rhyme0 What inequalities and issues are these youngpeople resisting?0 How are these young people asserting a positiveidentity?0 How are these interventions more sociological innature than psychological?
Raw literacy0From the street0Hip Hop Culture – graffiti and dance0Hyphy Storytelling through dance0 What inequalities and issues are these youngpeople resisting?0 How are these young people asserting a positiveidentity?0 How are these interventions more sociological innature than psychological?
Consciousness raising initiatives0 Votes for YOUth0 Youth Week0 Hoodie Day0 “Hoodies, like young people,often get a bad rap. But givena chance, a hoodie can be yourbest friend - stylish, warm,and cosy. Wearing a hoodie onthe 30th of May means youcare about the youth ofAotearoa.”