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Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 505–508 | Cite as

Ten Years on: Engaging the Work of Paulo Freire in the 21st Century

  • Peter RobertsEmail author
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Paulo Freire died on 2 May 1997. He left a legacy of practical and theoretical work equalled by few other educationists in its scope and influence. Born in 1921, Paulo Freire grew up in Recife, Brazil. After completing secondary school Freire attended the University of Recife, where he studied law. He also developed a strong interest in educational and philosophical matters. Freire’s work with the Social Service of Industry (SESI) at the Regional Department of Pernambuco in the 1940s and 1950s brought him into direct contact with impoverished workers and was to have a significant impact on his subsequent thinking about social class. In the early 1960s Freire developed the distinctive approach to adult literacy education for which he was later to gain international acclaim. Plans for a nationwide literacy campaign were brought to an abrupt halt with the military coup in 1964. Freire was seen as a subversive and he was forced to seek exile. He spent approximately five years in Chile,...

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Critical Consciousness Educational Gerontology Ontological Theme Childhood Educationist Tertiary Education System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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