ERIC Number: EJ935086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
The Challenges and Potential of Preservice Teacher "Praxis": A Freirean Model for Service-Learning
Keller, Deborah Biss; Osgood, Robert L.
AILACTE Journal, v7 p69-82 Fall 2010
This paper examines the potential for and challenges of using a critical approach to service-learning, based on Freire's notions of praxis and dialogue, as part of an introductory education course. Although any service-learning project runs the risk of falling prey to the more traditional approach, which involves a pedagogy designed to enhance understanding of the profession of teaching and prepare future teachers to use service-learning in their own classrooms, the authors examine the obstacles to and possibilities for a critical approach in a particular program in which students tutor homeless children and work in a low-income neighborhood community center. Specifically, they look at the ways in which the service is critical from a Freirean perspective on the one hand, and the obstacles encountered to fully prescribing to such an approach.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Education Courses, Homeless People, Disadvantaged Youth, Service Learning, Community Centers, Praxis, Tutoring, Introductory Courses, Reflection, Public Agencies, Higher Education, Activism, Preservice Teacher Education, Social Justice, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Critical Theory
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