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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Paulo Freire: Selected full-text books and articles

Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter By Peter McLaren; Peter Leonard Routledge, 1993
Paulo Freire and the Cold War Politics of Literacy By Andrew J. Kirkendall University of North Carolina Press, 2010
Education and Democracy: Paulo Freire, Social Movements, and Educational Reform in Sao Paulo By Maria Del Pilar O'Cadiz; Pia Lindquist Wong; Carlos Alberto Torres Westview Press, 1998
Politics of Liberation: Paths from Freire By Peter L. McLaren; Colin Lankshear Routledge, 1994
Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the Environmental Crisis By 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 By Victoria Purcell-Gates; Robin A. Waterman Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000
Latin American Education: Comparative Perspectives By 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 By 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 By Greta Hofmann Nemiroff Bergin & Garvey, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Paulo Freire" begins on p. 57
Applied Anthropology: An Introduction By John Van Willigen Bergin & Garvey, 2002 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Paulo Freire begins on p. 92
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