Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire (pou´lō frār´), 1921–97, Brazilian educator. After his exile from Brazil following the military coup in 1964, Freire taught in Chile and was a consultant to UNESCO. He later taught at Harvard and was a consultant to the World Council of Churches before returning to Brazil in 1981. He is best known for his controversial approach to teaching illiterates, employing visual materials to teach them about self-perception and community problems. His writings include Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) and The Politics of Education (1985).

See A. J. Kirkendall, Paolo Freire and the Cold War Politics of Literacy (2010).

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Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedagogy of Love
Antonia Darder.
Westview Press, 2002
Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter
Peter McLaren; Peter Leonard.
Routledge, 1993
Education, Literacy, and Humanization: Exploring the Work of Paulo Freire
Peter Roberts.
Bergin & Garvey, 2000
Liberating Praxis: Paulo Freire's Legacy for Radical Education and Politics
Peter Mayo.
Praeger, 2004
Education and Democracy: Paulo Freire, Social Movements, and Educational Reform in Sao Paulo
Maria Del Pilar O'Cadiz; Pia Lindquist Wong; Carlos Alberto Torres.
Westview Press, 1998
Politics of Liberation: Paths from Freire
Peter L. McLaren; Colin Lankshear.
Routledge, 1994
Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the Environmental Crisis
C. A. Bowers; Frèdèrique Apffel-Marglin.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005
Now We Read, We See, We Speak: Portrait of Literacy Development in An Adult Freirean-Based Class
Victoria Purcell-Gates; Robin A. Waterman.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000
Latin American Education: Comparative Perspectives
Carlos Alberto Torres; Adriana Puiggros.
Westview Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Freire, Frei, and Literacy Texts in Chile, 1964-1970"
Neoliberalism and Education in the Americas
Adriana Puiggrós; Gustavo Fischman; Julie Thompson.
Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Paulo Freire and the New Latin American Pedagogical Imaginations"
Reconstructing Education: Toward a Pedagogy of Critical Humanism
Greta Hofmann Nemiroff.
Bergin & Garvey, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Paulo Freire" begins on p. 57
Applied Anthropology: An Introduction
John Van Willigen.
Bergin & Garvey, 2002 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Paulo Freire begins on p. 92
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