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Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2017, Vol. 12(1) 17-31

Changing Society, Changing Humanity: Freirian Goals of Education

Cristobal Madero

pp. 17 - 31   |  Manu. Number: epasr.2017.002

Published online: February 01, 2017  |   Number of Views: 217  |  Number of Download: 214


Abstract

In this paper, the author demonstrates how education is presented by Freire as the key both for changing society and leading people toward true humanity. The author’s interest is not to further develop the method that Freire elaborated in the sixties and seventies, but, rather, to show the degree to which his theory is coherent with his vision of what it means to become truly human through social change. Specifically, this article explores whether or not education is the key element to build true humanity through social change. The author first explains how dialogue is a necessary starting point to understand the connection between education and change in the two aforementioned levels. The author presents how Freire considers the way myths in unequal societies play a damaging role due to their crystallization of unfair social structures. Consciousness and conscientization are the key tools to overcome these myths. This awareness at the same time is the essential component of an education for liberation. Finally, the author presents some obstacles to this new kind of liberation. 

Keywords: Freire, consciousness, conscientization, dialogue, critical pedagogy, liberation


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Madero, C. (2017). Changing Society, Changing Humanity: Freirian Goals of Education. Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 12(1), 17-31.

Harvard
Madero, C. (2017). Changing Society, Changing Humanity: Freirian Goals of Education. Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 12(1), pp. 17-31.

Chicago 16th edition
Madero, Cristobal (2017). "Changing Society, Changing Humanity: Freirian Goals of Education". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 12 (1):17-31.