Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Critical Pedagogy, Historical Origins of

  • Seehwa Cho
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_228

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Introduction

Not all of the core ideas of critical pedagogy are brand new. Like any other new perspective, critical pedagogy is built on previous theories and ideas. For example, the idea of constructing knowledge with students was already present more than 100 years ago in John Dewey’s idea of “experience” (1902) and more recently in constructivism (Vygotsky 1978). The idea of schools-as-change agents is not new either. In the early twentieth century, social reconstructionism was based precisely on the idea that schools can and should effect social change (Counts 1932). More recently, we can find the same idea in the civil rights movement and multicultural education. True, one may say that critical pedagogy is more overtly political than the progressive education movement, constructivism, or multicultural education. Yet it is undeniable that there are some similarities among these educational theories....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St. ThomasSaint PaulUSA