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Julio E Diniz Pereira
EDC&I 494
Seattle Campus

Workshop in Improvement of Curriculum

Stresses the application of procedures for curriculum development, maintenance, and evaluation. Opportunities furnished to develop and perfect strategies for program development with occasions given to utilize the strategies in master plan and materials preparation for simulated or real school situations. Specific focus of workshop is determined by instructor or by arrangement with district.

Class description

Paulo Freire is one of the most influential educators in the 20th century and a leading advocate of education for social justice. This course is appropriate for those who are interested in learning and discussing about Paulo Freire’s work and ideas. It focuses upon Freire’s key concepts and the issue of social justice education.

Student learning goals

1.To be introduced to Freire’s work and to understand his main concepts;

2.To get background information about Freire’s life and work;

3.To discuss ways of “reinventing” Paulo Freire to the specific context of the U.S.;

4.To discuss alternatives that have been thought and put into practice in Brazil, the U.S., and other places in the world;

5.To know some critiques on Freire’s work and responses to the critiques;

6.To answer the following question: How to go beyond Freire’s work and reinvent him to the specific context of the U.S.?

General method of instruction

The nature of the seminar should produce a diversity of ideas and opinions. As a participant of this course you should feel comfortable to challenging the ideas and thinking of others. However, that challenge cannot disparage the personhood of others. We are here to learn with, from and about each other.

Recommended preparation

Required books: Freire, Paulo. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continum. Freire, Paulo. (1998). Teachers as Cultural Workers: Letters to Those Who Dare Teach. Boulder: Westview Pres. Freire, Paulo. (2004). Pedagogy of Indignation. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers.

Class assignments and grading

People who are enrolled in this class and are going to receive 3 credits and a grade for this academic course must choose one of the options below in terms of their formal assessments.

Option #1 – To write a final paper (12 pages; Times New Roman 12; double space) reflecting upon a specific topic which is related to either your research project or your educational activity (including teaching). Option #2 – To write a response paper to each of the books assigned to this course (4 pages; Times New Roman 12; double space). Option #3 – To write four journal entries. Each journal entry (3 pages; Times New Roman 12; double space) is due to the end of each week. Journal entry is a critical reflection upon your participation in the course. Option #4 – Please, tell me what you want to do.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Julio E Diniz Pereira
Date: 08/22/2011