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ERIC Number: ED172242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 11
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Freire, Dialog, and Composition.
Gonzalez, LaVerne
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire was largely responsible for the education of the masses of illiterates in his country. Freire operated on the assumption that people have a problem-solving orientation to the world. Rejecting the predominant mode of education in which the educator imparts reality to passive students, Freire held that education "must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction"--a view that would place both parties in a mutual learning relationship. Vital to this is "dialog," an interpersonal encounter in which people jointly categorize the world. Recommendations for literacy education and the teaching of composition based on Freire's philosophy include the following: change teacher attitudes; design the course after consulting with students as to their backgrounds and interests; use thematics that are generated by the group; establish the importance of the process of students' categorizations; view writing as problem solving; encourage student involvement rather than lecturing; encourage students' critiques at every level; and enable students to find regional, national, and world implications in their immediate personal experience. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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