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Title: Educators as political workers : Freire’s affirmation in the local context through Mathematics
Authors: Laferla, Martina (2024)
Keywords: Freire, Paulo, 1921-1997 -- Criticism and interpretation
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Malta
Education -- Political aspects -- Malta
Critical pedagogy -- Malta
Social justice
Secondary school teachers -- Malta
Secondary school teachers -- Attitudes
Issue Date: 2024
Citation: Laferla, M. (2024). Educators as political workers: Freire’s affirmation in the local context through Mathematics (Master's dissertation).
Abstract: One of the many topics that Paulo Freire writes about is the relationship between politics and education (Freire, 1968/2000; 2005). He describes educators as political workers; which consequently presents new responsibilities to each educator. This dissertation explores the link between Mathematics and what Freire calls ‘conscientization’ - the practice of becoming ‘critically conscious’ (Freire, 1968/2000). By discussing Freire’s concepts, and looking into personal experiences of educators and a few topics from the SEC Mathematics syllabus, the aim is to get a deeper perspective on the possible influence of Mathematics in developing critical consciousness in both educators and learners. The idea is not that of statistically proving how many Mathematics educators dis/agree or are/are not aware of their role as political workers. It is, however, that of zooming in on certain beliefs, simply to use them as tools for further reflection. As Freire strongly advocates for coherence between educators’ words and actions (Freire, 1998/2005), educators’ beliefs in relation to their practice, will be discussed. If a Mathematics educator is committed to developing their learners’ critical consciousness, how would they present Mathematics? Therefore, this dissertation will evaluate the importance of being aware of an educators’ role as a political worker. The crux is the invitation to changes in classroom practice with increased awareness of the lack of neutrality of an educator, after the aim of teaching Mathematics is shifted from achieving a grade to achieving social justice.
Description: MTL(Melit.)
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