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PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal

Subjects

Philosophy -- Study and teaching (Elementary), Critical pedagogy -- United States, Paulo Freire (1921-1997) -- Criticism and interpretation

Abstract

I explore the role of Philosophy for Children (P4C) and critical pedagogy in pre-college education--what is the purpose of engaging with children on philosophical questions and how ought teachers ask such questions? This paper examines the current and past approaches of P4C through the work Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, and attempts to situate P4C within the framework of critical pedagogy, resulting in a synthesis I call "critical P4C." Implementing critical P4C has the capacity to create communities of inquiry around questions of agency and freedom that are central to critical pedagogy. Critical P4C offers strategies for engaging students in discussions relevant to social issues and breaks the boundaries between “school life” and the students' everyday life outside the classroom.

DOI

10.15760/mcnair.2017.05

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20579

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