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The Art of Critical Pedagogy

Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools

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Jeffrey M.R. Duncan-Andrade and Ernest Morrell

This book furthers the discussion concerning critical pedagogy and its practical applications for urban contexts. It addresses two looming, yet under-explored questions that have emerged with the ascendancy of critical pedagogy in the educational discourse: (1) What does critical pedagogy look like in work with urban youth? and (2) How can a systematic investigation of critical work enacted in urban contexts simultaneously draw upon and push the core tenets of critical pedagogy? Addressing the tensions inherent in enacting critical pedagogy – between working to disrupt and to successfully navigate oppressive institutionalized structures, and between the practice of critical pedagogy and the current standards-driven climate – The Art of Critical Pedagogy seeks to generate authentic internal and external dialogues among educators in search of texts that offer guidance for teaching for a more socially just world.
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This book furthers the discussion concerning critical pedagogy and its practical applications for urban contexts. It addresses two looming, yet under-explored questions that have emerged with the ascendancy of critical pedagogy in the educational discourse: (1) What does critical pedagogy look like in work with urban youth? and (2) How can a systematic investigation of critical work enacted in urban contexts simultaneously draw upon and push the core tenets of critical pedagogy? Addressing the tensions inherent in enacting critical pedagogy —between working to disrupt and to successfully navigate oppressive institutionalized structures, and between the practice of critical pedagogy and the current standards-driven climate—The Art of Critical Pedagogy seeks to generate authentic internal and external dialogues among educators in search of texts that offer guidance for teaching for a more socially just world.

“Firmly grounded upon critical educational practices with youth, The Art of Critical Pedagogy systematically examines the power of an emancipatory approach to urban schooling in the United States. In so doing, the authors eloquently challenge conservative policies and practices tied to standardized testing and curriculum, calling forth a bold and rigorous critical pedagogy that affirms life, nurtures intellect, and embraces our humanity in the service of a more just world. For those critically committed to a new era of social justice in education, this book represents a significant contribution to this endeavor.”—ANTONIA DARDER, PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL POLICY STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-URBANA CHAMPAIGN

“Despite the pessimism, cynicism, and despair surrounding urban education,...

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