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Introducing Freire

A guide for students, teachers and practitioners, 1st Edition

By Sandra Smidt


138 pages

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The famous Brazilian educator Paulo Freire has influenced educators, teachers and students in a broad tapestry of contexts and countries, as he challenged conventional thinking on how teachers ought to teach and learners ought to learn. By making his ideas accessible and relevant, this insightful and thought-provoking text draws out the relevance and topicality of Freire’s work and applies this to a wide range of educational settings, from adult education, through schools, to early years settings.

Themes covered include:

  • the lasting impact of illiteracy;
  • the benefits and potential in becoming literate;
  • literacy, language and power;
  • the differences between banking and dialogic education;
  • the social and political nature of learning.
  • what kind of teaching and learning do we want?

Using a variety of practical examples and case studies, Introducing Freire is an essential guide to the work of one of the most significant figures in education in the last century. Fascinating and accessible, this book is for anyone interested in teaching and learning, poverty and affluence, power and powerlessness, and society and change.


"Looking at the work of one of the most influential educators in the last century, someone who challenged conventional thinking on how teachers ought to teach and how learners ought to learn, this is a fascinatingly riveting and accessible read."Early Years Educator Magazine

"It will appeal to students, educators, and researchers who are interested in a brief overview of approaches to critical education theory and practice. … Smidt’s book offers a challenge to teachers to consider the implications of Freire’s pedagogical theory for their development as teachers with a conscious concern for fostering social justice and equity in their classrooms, communities, and the world." —PsycCRITIQUES

Table of Contents

1. The life and times of Paulo Freire 2. Literacy and Beyond 3. Dialogue, illiteracy and more 4. Naming, reading and writing the world 5. The definition, philosophy and politics of literacy 6. Part 1:What kind of teaching and learning do we want? 7. Part 2: What kind of teaching and learning do we want? Links to informal education 8. A Pedagogy for Liberation 9. Theater of the Oppressed: an elaboration of the work of Paulo Freire 10. No more silence: learning in informal settings

About the Author

Sandra Smidt is a writer and consultant in early years education. She has previously written The Developing Child in the 21st Century (2013), Introducing Malaguzzi (2012), Introducing Bruner (2011), Playing to Learn (2010) and Introducing Vygotsky (2008), all published by Routledge.

About the Series

Introducing Early Years Thinkers

Sandra Smidt’s insightful series focuses on the seminal work of early childhood writers who have heavily influenced thinking and practice in this field. The titles are guides for both practitioners and students in early years education and care and are written in everyday language to make complex ideas accessible. The authors helpfully draw on a range of illustrative and relevant case studies and maintain a global rather than a local or national perspective, with examples of thinking and practice from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects