Athina A. Sipitanou


By presenting the life and work of Paolo Freire, this research aims to show the significant contribution and diachronical value that his pedagogical theory has made in enriching the thought on current educational reform. In the Brazilian educator’s work, Adult Education acquired a liberating power, particularly, but not only, for the working and lower classes of society. Its main principles are based on: a social dimension of thought; a critical understanding of the dialectical relationship between consciousness and the world; the humanization objective; an approach to knowledge as a formation of thinking and action on reality; and lastly, social reform and democratisation.


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