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Finding the Open Spaces in Closed Systems: An Exploration of Critical Pedagogy with a Social Justice Directive in an Ontario Secondary School Classroom

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dc.contributor.author Arnold, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-23T13:09:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-12T16:38:47Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/4091
dc.description.abstract This study examines the first experience of students, teachers, and an administrator in implementing a teacher-designed Leadership in Social Justice Program at a large urban Ontario secondary school. The program aimed to infuse a Freirean concept of critical pedagogical praxis (Freire, 1970/1993) in a grade 12 integrated educational experience with a social justice directive. Data were collected through two questionnaires and eight in-depth interviews. The data identified three areas of awareness that described ways in which student participants were impacted most profoundly (a) developing self-awareness, (b) understanding a new educational paradigm, and (c) finding a place in the world. The study found that the program was successful in highlighting the possibility for more meaningful education and engaged many students deeply; however, its success was limited by the lead teacher’s failure to fully grasp and implement tenets of Freirean critical pedagogy that involved the role of the teacher in pedagogical processes. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Social Justice en_US
dc.subject Critical Pedagogy en_US
dc.subject Paulo Freire en_US
dc.subject Praxis en_US
dc.title Finding the Open Spaces in Closed Systems: An Exploration of Critical Pedagogy with a Social Justice Directive in an Ontario Secondary School Classroom en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Education en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Education en_US
dc.embargo.terms 4 months en_US


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