“An important goal of [Paulo] Freire’s philosophy is conscientizaçao, a Portuguese word meaning to be conscious and critically aware of the social, political, and economic conditions and contradictions that affect a person’s life. To raise their consciousness, students, in dialogue with their teachers, must study their own life stories and the collective histories of their racial, ethnic, language, economic, and social groups. They must consciously examine the objective conditions in which they live, identifying those conditions and persons who limit their freedom for self-determination.”

Source: Daniel Levine and Allan Ornstein. Foundations of Education, 10th ed. pg. 116-7. 2008. 

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