Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World (2nd Edition)
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Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World (2nd Edition)

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Full of personal anecdotes and real stories about real teachers, this book unravels the sometimes difficult rhetoric and theory of critical pedagogy and makes a powerful case for classroom practice and integration.
Paperback, 194 pages
Published August 16th 1999 by Allyn & Bacon (first published 1996)
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An excellent introduction to critical pedagogy. Wink has a relaxed writing style that makes the complex vocabulary and interactive strategies accessible. The best part of the book is the wealth of practical suggestions and curriculum ideas that are offered throughout.

Critical theory can be overwhelming and controversial, but in Wink's hands, it seems like a simple way to affect change in the classroom and empower the students.
Joan Wink explores critical pedagogy, a student-centered approach to teaching with emphases on collaboration and action. Students must read and identify problems and content, think critically about what they've discovered, and act on their knowledge. Thus, learning is not a transaction of knowledge between student and teacher, but a multifaceted process rooted in the real world. To explain this teaching and learning philosophy, Wink shies away from concrete definitions and linear structures, and...more
I agree with Wink's educational politics- i.e., fluidity and flexibility in classroom methods and content, learning from the learner how they best interact with material, seeking from the students and their families what they need, seeing the classroom as a learning community and not a win or lose death match, hate for standardized testing, etc. I think I understand the ideological grounds that prevent her from spelling out learning theories, including the one that the book is based on, but her...more
Nov 30, 2008 Sean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers for social justice
Joan Wink provides an opportunity for readers to “learn, relearn and unlearn” what critical pedagogy means and how to practice it. She facilitates the process by providing opportunities for the reader to participate in reflection and questioning, while illustrating the vocabulary and rhetoric of the field with examples from her own experience. Wink includes a clear introduction to the founding thinkers and the philosophical roots of critical pedagogy. The book is an inspirational call to engage...more
A fantastic book for teachers and those who find themselves with the opportunity to teach. This book has been important in molding my view of the world and how it should be and what I can do to help guide my world in that direction.
Mitzi Adkinson
A must-read for every educator. Probably one of the best books I have read about teaching.
Jessica Nelson
Great book for teachers and she uses a lot of interesting examples from her life.
This one is always good to go back to for reference.
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