Indigenous Education

  • Neil Hooley
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 7)

In his work with Brazilian peasants, Paulo Freire (McLaren and Leonard, 1993) saw reading and literacy not so much as a set of instructions regarding discrete skills, but as a constructive process of meaning and social critique. He established culture circles that would identify significant issues in the lives of the people and which would then discuss major ideas, concepts and action arising. These could be recorded in sketches as the initial basis for reflection and analysis, very similar to the technique of case writing now adopted in a number of academic disciplines including education (Cherednichenko et al., 1998). Critical literacy and active knowing of this type locates all learning within a socio-cultural context, dignifies the experience of daily life and encourages a broad range of expression for an explicit social purpose.


Indigenous People Indigenous Community Indigenous Student Indigenous Child Initial Teacher Education 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria UniversityAustralia

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