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
Chapter 1 Facts matter. And so do ideologies
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
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
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
Chapter 8 Transforming early childhood education: Dreams and hope in Aotearoa New Zealand
Chapter 9 Discussion: Early childhood education as a locus of hope
Michel Vandenbroeck is Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University, Belgium.