Critical Pedagogy for Social Change: What is the Role of a Teacher?
Critical pedagogy is a process that teachers use to look at educational practices and determine how equitable and effective they are. Critical pedagogy requires teachers to recognize their importance as agents of social change. Teachers who employ critical pedagogy are independent thinkers who make thoughtful decisions based on fact, experience, and personal reflection.
During the videos take note of following topics/themes as they will inform your response:
- Critical pedagogy
- Freire’s love of people
- Freire and people who believe in the future
- Horton’s definition of official education
- Horton’s theory on how to create social change
- Horton’s view on a new perspective
- Role of art/music
- Democracy defined
Address at least three of the points above using the readings and videos to support your response.
Guided Response: Investigate at least two of your classmates’ responses. Discuss with them your commonalities in your responses and highlight the differences that you both present. Next try to build from those differences. As we see in the Horton & Freire (2000) text, discussing differences helps to create more knowledge and ultimately that new understanding can reinforce one’s own knowledge base. Thus, try to achieve this same kind of discourse with your classmates.
Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students
For your final assessment this week you will be asked to select a culture that you will investigate further. This culture can be one that was discussed in class or one that is familiar to you.
To prepare you for this task, you will select three-to-six peer reviewed sources on the culture of your choice. Look for:
- Typical academic challenges
- Ideal teaching strategies
- Parental involvement techniques
- Rich cultural attributes (e.g., strengths, history, or traditions).
- Then post an annotated bibliography of what you have found.
(One paragraph that summarizes the reference and describes how it addresses one or more of the 4 research requirements listed above)
Guided Response: Review your classmates’ findings. Offer them suggestions as to what other sources they could use in their research. Additionally, compare your findings to theirs and engage in a conversation about the similarities between your cultures and/or findings. Consider how similar the struggles and solutions may be from culture to culture and determine if this will be helpful to you in your presentation