Margaret Hayes

Completion: 2010.

Not so common-sense: using critical theory to improve strategies to do public education for social change

This thesis constitutes an overview and analysis of social justice oriented non-formal education. It draws together research on four distinct social justice educational projects in which the author was involved. Reading multiculturalism, citizenship education and global education against the grain, the author describes the limitations of projects and discourses that are easily appropriated into the logic of neo-liberalism that is dominant in our era. In a case study of the educational strategy of economic and political literacy, the author also provides an analysis of pedagogy that distinguishes between didactic and dialogic approaches to community based education.

eThesis M.A. Not so common-sense: using critical theory to improve strategies to do public education for social change

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