Critical Pedagogy in Classrooms and Communities: Notes on Teaching Social Justice

Working in poor regions where residents experience internalized oppression, I learned that a good educator first provides opportunities for people to believe that their lives, voices, and perspectives matter. I learned how being told how to fit into someone else’s mold – through schooling, social welfare institutions, criminal justice systems, immigration law and policing, the media, industrial economic abandonment – often prevents people from believing in their own creative and intellectual capacity. 

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Approaches to Socially Engaged, Project-Based Learning

Across the projects profiled on this site, there are diverse approaches to collaborative, project-based, socially engaged learning. These models vary across diverse dimensions including, among others: the relationship between external partners, faculty, students and and communities; lengths of the partnership; class structure, pedagogy and content; student outputs; intended learning outcomes and partner outcomes.

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