ERIC Number: ED101294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: N/A
The Paulo Freire Method. American Universities Field Staff Reports.
Sanders, Thomas G.
The first phase of the Paulo Freire Method for reading instruction in Latin America is a study of the context in which the illiterates live. This helps to determine both common vocabulary and the problem issues around which the processes of reflection could develop. The second phase involves the selection of words from the common vocabulary. Three criteria govern this choice: the words should include the basic sounds of the language; the vocabulary, when organized, should enable the pupil to move from simple letters and sounds to more complex ones; and the words should be chosen for their potential capacity to confront the social, cultural, and political reality. The third phase of the method develops teaching materials of two types. One type is a set of cards or slides which break down the words into parts for careful analysis. The second type is a set of cards of pictorial situations, related to the words, which are designed to impress on the pupils images of the words and also to stimulate his thinking about the situation that the word implies. The key to the successful implementation of the method is the coordinator, who does not teach but tries to promote self discovery in the other participants through exploring the dimensions of the pictures. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Universities Field Staff, Inc., Hanover, NH.