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Seven of a 12 part blog

Reflections on “Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction” Question 7.           How does Freire define "praxis" and how does this concept relate to teaching and learning?

The dialectical method is discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about a subject, who wish to establish the truth of the matter guided by reasoned arguments. Plato The Republic (Plato), 348b

"Freire argued that a true praxis is impossible in the undialectical vacuum driven by a separation of the individual from the object of their study. For within the context of such a dichotomy, both theory and practice lose their power to transform reality." (page 13) He believe that if one existed without the other in teaching or learning then it was either pure talk or "blind activism". (page 13) Praxis in Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Fiere is a "reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it." To relate this praxis to teaching and learning I propose that the learner and the teacher (oppressed) must have dialogue, bringing their own histories, and new experience based on new ideas found in dialogue formulating a new critical awareness of their own situation and then they can together struggle for liberation. ____________________________________________________ References: The Critical Pedagogy Reader. (2009). “Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction” . I. Darder,Antonia, II. Baltodano, Marta, III. Torres, Rodolfo D., Routledge. 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Paulo Freire (1970), Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Continuum International Publishing Group.