ERIC Number: EJ839732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Reading Educational Philosophies in "Freedom Writers"
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v82 n5 p244-248 May-Jun 2009
The 2007 film "Freedom Writers" portrays the real-life experiences of Erin Gruwell, a teacher at an inner-city high school in Long Beach, California. This article discusses the educational theories underpinning Gruwell's pedagogical practice, as seen in "Freedom Writers", and identifies four themes--rewriting curriculum, treating students as creators of knowledge, creating classroom community, and teaching as self-realization--that make Gruwell's teaching successful.
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Educational Philosophy, Films, Didacticism, Urban Teaching, Educational Practices, Teaching Experience, Educational Strategies, Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Phenomenology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California