On Critical Pedagogy

On Critical Pedagogy

Henry A. Giroux / Oct 17, 2019

On Critical Pedagogy For thirty years Henry Giroux has been theorizing pedagogy as a political moral and cultural practice drawing upon critical discourses that extend from John Dewey and Zygmunt Bauman to Paulo Freire

  • Title: On Critical Pedagogy
  • Author: Henry A. Giroux
  • ISBN: 9781441116222
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • For thirty years Henry Giroux has been theorizing pedagogy as a political, moral, and cultural practice, drawing upon critical discourses that extend from John Dewey and Zygmunt Bauman to Paulo Freire This impassioned book starts with the crucial role of pedagogy in schools before extending the notion to the educational force of the wider culture Giroux focuses on five cFor thirty years Henry Giroux has been theorizing pedagogy as a political, moral, and cultural practice, drawing upon critical discourses that extend from John Dewey and Zygmunt Bauman to Paulo Freire This impassioned book starts with the crucial role of pedagogy in schools before extending the notion to the educational force of the wider culture Giroux focuses on five crucial elements associated with critical pedagogy First, he presents an overview of the term as it applies to schooling and to larger cultural spheres Second, he analyzes the increasingly empirical orientation of teaching, focusing on the culture of positivism Section Three examines some of the major economic, social, and political forces undermining the promise of democratic schooling in both public and higher education Giroux then outlines increasing attempts by both right wing and liberal interests to reduce schooling to training and students merely to customers Finally, the book focuses on the legacy of Paulo Freire and issues a fundamental challenge to educators, public intellectuals, and others who believe in the promise of a radical democracy.

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    About "Henry A. Giroux"

      • Henry A. Giroux

        American cultural critic One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory.A high school social studies teacher in Barrington, Rhode Island for six years, Giroux has held positions at Boston University, Miami University, and Penn State University In 2005, Giroux began serving as the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.Giroux has published than 35 books and 300 academic articles, and is published widely throughout education and cultural studies literature Since arriving at McMaster, Giroux has been a featured faculty lecturer, and has published nine books, including his most recent work, The University in Chains Confronting the Military Industrial Academic Complex.Routledge named Giroux as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period in 2002.


    910 Comments

    1. What I learned from this book? The education system is becoming more market-driven, profit oriented and serves to reproduce the status quo by 'educating' hordes of unquestioning labor force that can be used as commodities for the interests of corporations. Culture is commodified.What can we do about it? Teach those students to question everything, including the values and norms that they took for granted, the relations of power in society, their place within it and what they can do about it to b [...]


    2. Great large-scale projection of Giroux's project and view of education's link to democracy. Lot's of great stuff in here, including a wonderful analysis of time and the university/school, as well as many reasons why critical pedagogy cannot be unstructured in order to get the type of revolutionary subjects that one would want engaging culture. It's an excellent read, and full of great arguments for why one's teaching both in and out of the classroom is connected to popular culture as well as int [...]


    3. Giroux is a scholar in critical pedagogy and youth studies. This book is dense but really hits at many of the social ills in the United States (and possibly throughout Westernized countries. I found the chapter on Higher Education (chapter 6) to be particularly poignant as someone who has been working in higher education administration for several years.


    4. Henry Giroux displays what appears to be an encyclopedic knowledge of critical pedagogy. Filled with insight, Giroux's writing is bracing and challenging -- it's hard not to feel a call to action on every page. If you've ever wondered how public & higher education got to where they're at today or if you've ever wondered what kinds of political motivations are driving today's public and higher education, then this is the book for you.


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