The Popular Education Network of Australia (PENA) and Twenty-First-Century critical education

Ollis, Tracey, Williams, Jo, Townsend, Rob, Harris, Anne and Jorquera, Jorge 2014, The Popular Education Network of Australia (PENA) and Twenty-First-Century critical education. In Peters, Michael A. and Besley, Tina (ed), Paulo Freire : the global legacy, Peter Lang, New York, N.Y., pp.175-186.

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Title The Popular Education Network of Australia (PENA) and Twenty-First-Century critical education
Author(s) Ollis, TraceyORCID iD for Ollis, Tracey
Williams, Jo
Townsend, Rob
Harris, Anne
Jorquera, Jorge
Title of book Paulo Freire : the global legacy
Editor(s) Peters, Michael A.
Besley, Tina
Publication date 2014
Series Counterpoints: studies in the postmodern theory of education; v. 500
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 37
Start page 175
End page 186
Total pages 12
Publisher Peter Lang
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Keyword(s) Education
Summary Drawing on the philosophies and writings of Paulo Freire regarding education as activism, this paper will explore the history and activities of the Popular Education Network of Australia (PENA). The network, founded in 2009, involves educators, academics and community workers, working together on issues relating to critical pedagogy and social change in schools, communities and adult education contexts. Two symposia have been organised on critical education in Australia. In 2010, ‘Teaching and Learning for Social Justice and Action’ was the inaugural gathering. In 2012, ‘Freire Reloaded: Learning and Teaching to Change the World’ featured a diverse range of workshops and Professor Antonia Darder as keynote speaker and observer. Through the perspectives and experiences of five academics involved in PENA, this paper will explore the group’s activities and reflect on the inspiration drawn from the work of Freire, Darder and others. Creating spaces for discussion of critical pedagogy affords opportunities for academics, educators, teachers and activists to reflect on their practice and also leads to further spontaneous networking and planning of action. In this paper we argue that there is continuing importance, in fact urgency, in producing places and spaces for conscientisation to occur, and for examples of critical education to be shared amongst 21st century educators.
ISBN 9781433125324
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies In Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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