1st Edition

Revisiting Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Issues and Challenges in Early Childhood Education

ISBN 9780367363710
Published September 28, 2020 by Routledge
224 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

USD $38.95

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Book Description

This reflection on Paulo Freire’s seminal volume, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, examines the lessons learnt from Freire and their place in contemporary pedagogical theory and practice. Freire’s work has inspired ground-breaking research which Vandenbroeck has collated, demonstrating the ongoing influence on early childhood educators.

Vandenbroeck brings together an international cohort of early childhood experts to present cross-cultural perspectives on the impact of Freire’s research on education around the globe. This book covers discussions on:

  • The background to and impact of Freire’s work
  • Alternative approaches to supporting child development
  • Pedagogical approaches in Portugal, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and the United States

Vandenbroeck concludes with a vision for theorising and implementing emancipatory practice in early childhood education in contexts of neoliberalism.

An insightful resource for academics and students in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, Revisiting Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed is a benchmark of the progress made in the field over the last half a century.

Table of Contents


About the Authors

On Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed and this Book

Michel Vandenbroeck

Chapter 1 Facts matter. And so do ideologies

Michel Vandenbroeck

Chapter 2 Paulo Freire: His modernity and new ways of thinking about early childhood education

Anete Abramowicz and Ligia Leão de Aquino

Chapter 3 A Freirean view of early childhood education in Portugal: A complicit response to Michel Vandenbroeck’s introduction

Augusto Pinheiro

Chapter 4 Pedagogies of children and youth in South Africa: Why Paulo Freire is crucial in this age of neoliberalism

Bekisizwe S. Ndimande and Beth Blue Swadener

Chapter 5 Contesting the evidence: Alternate approaches to supporting children’s development through critical consciousness

Joanne Lehrer

Chapter 6 Power to the profession? Reading and repoliticizing early childhood workforce development in the United States

Mark Nagasawa and Beth Blue Swadener

Chapter 7 The praxis of local professional groups exploring alternatives for the banking concept of early childhood education in Japan

Sachiko Kitano

Chapter 8 Transforming early childhood education: Dreams and hope in Aotearoa New Zealand

Linda Mitchell

Chapter 9 Discussion: Early childhood education as a locus of hope

Michel Vandenbroeck


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Michel Vandenbroeck is Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University, Belgium.