The Practices of Critical Pedagogy and the Preliminary Analysis of Its Application in Chinese Education

Haishen Yu, Cuihua Zhao


There are many different strands to critical pedagogy: the libertarian, the radical, and the liberationist. This essay will focus on the radical perspective critical pedagogy which is represented by Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux and Peter McLaren. At first, the definition and aims of critical pedagogy is illustrated. Next, the essay argues about how to illustrate the practices of critical pedagogy, including the practice of "conscientization", “dialogue” and “praxis”.  Finally, some resistance to critical pedagogy in teaching practice in China is discussed in this essay. The purpose of this essay is to make an introduction of critical pedagogy and analyze the possibility of critical teaching in Chinese education.


International Education Studies ISSN 1913-9020 (Print), ISSN 1913-9039 (Online)

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