Proceedings Journal Article — Commentary: Staying True to Freirean Praxis as well as Theory — by Tim Sieber


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The papers presented on the first panel cover a lot of ground in application of social theory, especially Freirean, to questions of teaching and learning.They include both theoretical reflections that place educational theory in its own broader social and historical context, and also practice-basedaccounts from reflective practitioners in higher education’s teaching trenches, who have been seeking to use, find, or test theory in practice. In thiscommentary I address mostly the practice implications in education. Some consensus emerges in the papers around what we should be doing inpractice as educators— many of them drawn from Freire or coincident with his vision—that can especially be seen in Kingston-Mann’s, Disch’s andMartin’s presentations, but that are illuminated as well in Zalanga’s and Banikowski’s more theoretical papers.

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Sieber, Tim. 2004. “Commentary: Staying True to Freirean Praxis as well as Theory.” Pp. 55-56 in Liberating Social Theory: Inspirations from Paulo Freire for Learning, Teaching, and Advancing Social Theory in Applied Settings: Proceedings of the First Annual Social Theory Forum, April 7, 2004, UMass Boston (Discourse of Sociological Practice, Vol. 6, Issues 2, Fall 2004). Issue Guest Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi. Sociology Department, UMass Boston.

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