Striving for a better world: Lessons from Freire in Grenada, Jamaica and Australia

Hickling-Hudson, Anne (2014) Striving for a better world: Lessons from Freire in Grenada, Jamaica and Australia. International Review of Education, 60(4), pp. 523-543.

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Abstract

The author of this paper considers the influence of Paulo Freire’s pedagogical philosophy on educational practice in three different geographical/political settings. She begins with reflections on her experience as a facilitator at Freire’s seminar, held in Grenada in 1980 for teachers and community educators, on the integration of work and study. This case demonstrates how Freire’s method of dialogic education achieved outcomes for the group of thoughtful collaboration leading to conscientisation in terms of deep reflection on their lives as teachers in Grenada and strategies for decolonising education and society. The second case under consideration is the arts-based pedagogy shaping the work of the Area Youth Foundation (AYF) in Kingston, Jamaica. Young participants, many of them from tough socio-economic backgrounds, are empowered by learning how to articulate their own experiences and relate these to social change. They express this conscientisation by creating stage performances, murals, photo-novella booklets and other artistic products. The third case study describes and evaluates the Honey Ant Reader project in Alice Springs, Australia. Aboriginal children, as well as the adults in their community, learn to read in their local language as well as Australian Standard English, using booklets created from indigenous stories told by community Elders, featuring local customs and traditions. The author analyses how the “Freirean” pedagogy in all three cases exemplifies the process of encouraging the creation of knowledge for progressive social change, rather than teaching preconceived knowledge. This supports her discussion of the extent to which this is authentic to the spirit of the scholar/teacher Paulo Freire, who maintained that in our search for a better society, the world has to be made and remade. Her second, related aim is to raise questions about how education aligned with Freirean pedagogy can contribute to moving social change from the culture circle to the public sphere.

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ID Code: 84550
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Paulo Freire; Freirean pedagogical practice;, dialogic & work-study education;, Theatre arts education, Area Youth Foundation (AYF);, indigenous education;, Honey Ant Readers, Grenada; Jamaica; Australia
DOI: 10.1007/s11159-014-9434-0
ISSN: 0020-8566
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer
Deposited On: 27 May 2015 23:15
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 21:35

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