Freire in Scotland Education Analytical Essay by mcopland

Freire in Scotland Education
An exploration of the application of Paulo Freire's ideas in modern day schooling, particularly in Scotland.
# 144723 | 2,673 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Sep 28, 2010 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Theory) , Education (Social Issues)

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This paper describes in depth Paulo Freire's ideas on education and determines whether they are too idealistic or should be incorporated into modern schooling. The paper explains that Freire's educational ideas stem from the concept that teachers should become learners to break down the fearful, authoritarian persona that teachers often carry with them. To further liberate education with a Freirean view, the paper adds, would be to change the teacher-student contradiction, with an emphasis on the individual and freedom of thought. The paper notes that the main aim of education in Scotland has been about training the next workforce and carving the way for a career to stabilize the wealth and well-being of the country. The paper concludes that Freire used his uniquely creative mind and sensitive conscience to view our world in a new light, and that his ideas have offered improvements that could be made to the education system in Scotland.

From the Paper:

"The main aim of education in Scotland has been about training the next workforce and carving the way for a career to stabilise the wealth and wellbeing of the country. Now the main aim of education is centred on the individual and pupils have more freedom of thought than before. This change can be attributed to the idealist thinkers of the past such as Paulo Freire. Freire was not as one might label a conformist. He saw the human race in a "culture of silence", a manufactured culture created as an outcome of economic, social and political domination. He saw education as being the source in sustaining this environment (Freire, 2007) and simultaneously the source to change it. He looked at how to change education and therefore change the culture surrounding us, or as Freire saw it, suppressing us. In recent years Freirean ideas have started to appear in education, but looking through the glasses of Freire there are still rearrangements to be considered that may improve education in modern Scotland or may be too unrealistic."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Freire, P. (2005). Education for critical consciousness. London: Continum
  • Freire, P. (1996) Pedagogy of the Oppressed. London: Penguin Books
  • Freire, P (2007). Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30th Anniversary Edition. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Freire, P. (1993) A critical encounter. London: Routledge
  • Gastaldo, D. & Figueiredo-Cowen, M. (1995) Paulo Freire at the Institute. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

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