Toward a Transformative Teaching Practice: Criticity, Pedagogy and Praxis

By Arturo Rodriguez.

Published by The Learner Collection

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One method to teach a multicultural class: a teacher walks in to a room calls the class to order, steps to the lectern and begins to deliver knowledge. Socially acquired information is disseminated; that gained over years of study and experience. Another view: I walk into a class where my students are sitting quietly at their desks pen and paper at the ready and quietly ask: shall we form a circle? The students agree and after having done so I follow up with a generative (Freire, 1970): what are your current understandings of Diversity? In following the work of Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux, bell hooks, and Maxine Greene among others I undertake an auto-critical approach to the classes I teach. It is a given for me that students bring knowledge to the table, my classes become our classes; we engage in dialogue to interrogate our subject matter: culture and schooling in societies. As the classes I teach are designed for future educators we engage our discussions to push pedagogy and transform teaching.

Keywords: Curriculum, Pedagogy, Transformative Teaching, Praxis

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.345-352. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 595.025KB).

Dr. Arturo Rodriguez

Assistant Professor, Department of Bilingual Education, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA

Arturo Rodriguez graduated from New Mexico State University, at present he is Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at Boise State University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Bilingual Education and is an advisor for student teachers. His research interests include: Intercultural and democratic education; language and literacy acquisition; bilingualism and biliteracy; literacy and bilingual education; district, state and federal school language policy; inquiry and research design and methodology.

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