Chapter Eight: The Pedagogical Possibilities of Conscientization
Conscientization, the cultivation of critical consciousness and conscience, as a main agency of cultural subversion, is pedagogically feasible. It has the potential to be realized in concrete daily pedagogical situations.
Conscientization can fundamentally uphold humanizing education. Its theoretical worthiness may reenvision education as a revolutionary intervention and a human act that fosters pedagogical love and simultaneously nurtures and protects epistemological curiosity. This reenvisioning also encourages the posing of new and different questions to better understand the notion of the individual in the formal educational settings.
Conscientization Promotes Education as Revolutionary Intervention
To engage a humanizing education process fully, it would seem necessary to better understand, for instance, the nature of the individual person. Here, Bruner’s (1990) cultural explanation of human beings is helpful. Bruner is a psychologist who stresses folk psychology and narrative explication but objects to explaining ← 169 | 170 → human beings biologically. For him, human biological inheritance is not the universal cause of human action and experience, so it cannot direct or shape human life but impose constraints on the human mind. He attempts to propose a view that will reverse the traditional relation of biology and culture with respect to individuation, and particularly, human nature. He remarked as follows:
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