Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 545-559

First online:

Freirean Philosophy and Pedagogy in the Adult Education Context: The Case of Older Adults’ Learning

  • Brian FindsenAffiliated withDepartment of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Glasgow Email author 

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Central tenets of Freirean philosophy and pedagogy are explored and applied to the emerging field of older adults’ learning (educational gerontology), a sub-field of adult education. I argue that many of Freire’s concepts and principles have direct applicability to the tasks of adult educators working alongside marginalized older adults. In particular, Freire’s ideas fit comfortably within a critical educational gerontology approach as they challenge prevailing orthodoxies and provide a robust analytical framework from which radical adult educators can work effectively in promoting social transformation.


Critical educational gerontology Older adults Radical adult education