Paulo Freire, “The Adult Literacy Process as Cultural Action for Freedom and Education and Conscientizacao”

Self-sponsorship is the key to literacy transformations.
Questions:

In what ways can I connect this text to my MA project? The self-sponsorship idea seems to be connected to the self-advocacy process I’m exploring.

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Freire, Paulo. “The Adult Literacy Process as Cultural Action for Freedom and Education and Conscientizacao.” Harvard Educational Review, vol. 40, 1970, pp. 205-12.

*Note: My copy of the text doesn’t have page numbers; will need to access a hard copy of the text to complete in-text citations and find sources for further reading.

Summary: Friere explains why the “literacy myth” is unrealistic, acknowledging that literacy instruction doesn’t address the larger system of oppression that leads to the initial illiteracy. He also goes on to explain that teaching literacy requires instructors to present to students the resources for them to teach themselves.

Keywords: literacy, educator, transformation, illiteracy, oppression

Quotations:

  1. “[Teaching] involves, above all, thought-language; that is, the possibility of the act of knowing through his praxis, by which man transforms reality.”
  2. “Illiterates are considered ‘undernourished,’ not in the literal sense in which many of them really are, but because they…

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