Application of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed to Human Services Education

Marchand, Marie M.
October 2010
Journal of Human Services;Oct2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p43
Academic Journal
This paper explores the relevance of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed to the human services classroom and the worker-client relationship. When the teacher-student relationship follows Freire's problem-posing model of egalitarian education, it can shape and inform students' future worker-client relationships, thereby empowering clients while preventing a colonizer/colonized dynamic from developing. It is not enough to offer compassion to suffering people, Freire submits; educators and professionals must also work to change the systems that reinforce suffering. This task of dual purpose requires two strategies of human service intervention: direct service and systems change. In Freirean terms, this is praxis.


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