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A question of relevance: beyond the domestication of educational definition

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This paper examines ways in which we, as teachers, can promote our students' critical awareness of the domesticating power of the very definition of education that is commonplace in contemporary discourse. It highlights how a first-year introduction to philosophy of education module encourages students to begin to 'read their world' by challenging not only the conventional renditions of education as simply 'schooling' but also those accompanying notions of 'relevant learning' that are commonly associated with an institutional and vocational focus. A further purpose of this paper is to highlight how a critical analysis of an individual's own social learning is a necessary prerequisite to personal growth and potential social transformation correspondingly. Such an analysis, it is argued, constitutes a direct assault on a much more invisible form of 'banking' educational practice than many Freirean educators have previously acknowledged.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 1999

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