The International Critical Pedagogy Reader, edited by Professors Antonia Darder (Loyola Maramount University, LA), Peter Mayo (University of Malta) and João Paraskeva (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) has just been published in both its hardback cover and paperback forms. It contains chapters on critical pedagogy by a host of established scholars such as Zygmunt Bauman, Maria Paula Menesas, Nur Masalha, Vanessa de Oliveira, George Sefa Dei, Ana Sanchez Bello, Alicia de Alba, Ramon Flecha, Gert Biesta, Marta Soler and Boaventura de Sousa Santos, to name but a few. The full list can be viewed through this weblink.
The blurb for the book reads: “Carefully curated to highlight research from more than twenty countries, the International Critical Pedagogy Reader introduces the ways the educational phenomenon that is critical pedagogy are being reinvented and reframed around the world. A collection of essays from both historical and contemporary thinkers coupled with original essays, introduce this school of thought and approach it from a wide variety of cultural, social, and political perspectives. Academics from South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America describe critical pedagogy’s political, ideological, and intellectual foundations, tracing its international evolution and unveiling how key scholars address similar educational challenges in diverse national contexts. Each section links theory to critical classroom practices and includes a list of sources for further reading to expand upon the selections offered in this volume. A robust collection, this reader is a crucial text for teaching and understanding critical pedagogy on a truly international level.”
The volume also contains reading lists for different aspects of the field which include work by University academics such as Professor Ronald G Sultana, Professor Carmel Borg, Professor Mary Darmanin and Dr Maria Pisani. It was selected as Book of the Month for August by Routledge.
This is Professor Peter Mayo’s third book with Routledge. In 2010 he published his edited volume Education in Small States and, in April this year, he published his single authored Hegemony and Education under Neoliberalism. Insights from Gramsci.
Professor Carmel Borg, from the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, University of Malta, wrote one of the endorsements for the book appearing on the back cover: “This reader is destined to become a pivotal book in critical pedagogy. It will reshape the field by extending critical pedagogy’s geography and issues. A must-read for educators committed to decolonizing pedagogy."
Other endorsements included that by Donaldo P. Macedo, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Education, University of Massachusetts Boston who wrote: "The brilliance of the International Critical Pedagogy Reader is its audacity to de-colonize the taken for granted 'Center-Periphery' exporting model of critical pedagogy—creating, instead, a powerful place for subaltern voices to be heard. This comprehensive, illuminating, and timely edited book re-inserts the centrality of both the 'critical' and political coherence, remaining loyal to principles of liberation and emancipation. The International Critical Pedagogy Reader makes it powerfully clear that critical pedagogy is a way of life that does not require courage to be critical but simply demands coherence, humility, and ethics."