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EDPA 8090 & SOC 8090
Reading Paulo Freire

Time and place:
February 10 – May 5, 2006 (Spring break March 13-17)
9.05am-11.35am
Carlson School of Management 2-219


Brasilian born Paulo Freire (1921-1997) is a world famous educational thinker who had many roles in educational and social sciences (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire). He was not only an influential social theorist and educational philosopher, but also a policy maker serving in several international assignments in different parts of the world. This course will focus on both his educational and social philosophy, and his role as a prominent educator who in his teaching emphasized the need for problem-posed learning, and theory-driven praxis.

READINGS

Freire, Paulo (2004). Education for Critical Consciousness. Continuum. ISBN: 082647795X
Freire, Paulo (2005). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Continuum. ISBN: 0826412769
Freire, Paulo (1998). Pedagogy of Freedom. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 0847690474*
Freire, Paulo (2005). Pedagogy of Indignation. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers. ISBN: 1594510512
Gadotti, Moacir (1994). Reading Paulo Freire. Albany: SUNY. ISBN: 079141924X

* β€œAn abiding value of this book is that it provides on almost every page clear, concrete and practical examples of the principles and values espoused. There is no mystery or mystification in Pedagogy of Freedom. It is 'straight up'. I share Stanley Aronowitz's view that this is Freire's most important book since Pedagogy of the Oppressed. In light of my own recent experiences in teacher education, I believe we would do well to make this book an integral part of our teacher education programs and to wrestle with it in the spirit it commends: rigorously, critically, methodically, and with a proper ethical concern.β€? – Colin Lankshear (www.geocities.com/c.lankshear/revfreire.html)

COURSE STRUCTURE

I Phase. Introduction, 3 week
Reading and discussion as one group.

II Phase. Small group study circles, 5 weeks
Self-directed small group study circles with weekly tutorials available.
Instructions for studying in study circles are available at the first meeting (see also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Study_circle).

III Phase. Interpretation and conclusion, 3 week
Small groups presentations and discussions.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Phase I: Participation and paper in study circle 33,333%
Phase II: Group participation and discussion 33,3333%
Phase III: Group presentation and discussion 33,333%

TIMETABLE

Week 1 (02/10/2006): Introduction
- course contents, syllabi and study methods: discussions, small group study circles, presentations
Week 2 (02/17/2006): Study circles
Reading: Gadotti, Moacir (1994). Reading Paulo Freire, pages 1-83.
Week 3 (02/24/2006): Study circles
Reading: Gadotti, Moacir (1994). Reading Paulo Freire, pages 85-160.

Week 4 (03/03/2006): Small group study circles
Readings (see the list above)
Week 05 (03/10/2006): Small group study circles
Readings (see the list above)

Spring break March 13 – 17, 2006

Week 06 (03/24/2006): Small group study circles
Readings (see the list above)
Week 07 (03/31/2006): Small group study circles
Readings (see the list above)
Week 08 (04/07/2006): Small group study circles
Readings (see the list above)
Week 09 (04/14/2006): Group presentations
Readings (see the list above)
Week 10 (04/21/2006): Group presentations
Readings (see the list above)
Week 11 (04/28/2006): Final discussion and collaborative evaluation