TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
Marchand, Marie M.
PUB. DATE
October 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Human Services;Oct2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p43
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
67335997

 

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