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Critical Pedagogy for Early Childhood and Elementary Educators

Christensen, Lois, Aldridge, Jerry

2013, XXIV, 92 p.

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  • Supports the implementation of critical pedagogy in the classroom
  • Demonstrates how to engage in examination of assumptions and praxis
  • Assists practitioners to create critical pedagogy communities that participate in principled practices, equity, and social justice

Among the welter of books on critical pedagogy, this volume will be especially valued for its direct focus on early years and elementary educators. Benefiting from the considered views of two veteran teachers of critical pedagogy, the volume is far more than a knowledge-rich resource, offering as it does vital support in applying the tenets of critical pedagogy to classroom practice. Alongside specific examples of teachers engaging in critical pedagogy in elementary and early-childhood classrooms, the material features close analysis and guidance that will help ease teachers into reflective practice in critical pedagogy that is based on praxis—the point at which theory and practice meet and interact. Indeed, the authors move readers even further than this, showing how students as well as teachers can transform their experience of education through critical reflection.

After surveying the field of critical pedagogy, the authors discuss the core precepts that inform the classroom practice of critical pedagogues. They move on to discuss how vital these early and elementary years are in forging children’s nascent identities. Other topics covered include discrimination, gender issues, the development of social justice projects, and the social transformations that critical pedagogy can manifest in the classroom. Finally, this resource explains how teachers can move forward in their classroom practice to enhance equity, justice and social responsibility. This book is essential reading for classroom practitioners in early and elementary education, whether neophytes or veterans, who are interested in deploying this powerful educational paradigm in their work.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » critical pedagogy - early childhood education - educational beliefs - elementary education - praxis - social justice - transformation

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction

Table of contents 

Chapter 1 What is Critical Pedagogy?.- Chapter 2 Being Critical of Critical Pedagogy.- Chapter 3 Assumptions—Where are We?.- Chapter 4 Identity.- Chapter 5 Praxis and Critical Pedagogy.- Chapter 6 Discrimination.- Chapter 7 Gender and Ethnicity.- Chapter 8 The Dilemma of Social Justice.- Chapter 9 Teaching for Transformation.- Chapter 10 Looking Back and Moving Forward.

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