The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Pedagogies of Change: From Theory to Practice

Andres Muro


This paper describes the pedagogical approach used by an adult education program in El Paso, Texas that offers Spanish literacy and GED to Mexican immigrants. The paper briefly articulates the theory that has led the program to offer native language literacy and GED instruction rather than teaching literacy and GED in English. It also describes a critical pedagogy model influenced by theory based in writings by Maxine Greene, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Ivan Illich and Henry Giroux, that has resulted in students earning GED certificates (high school equivalency certificate in the US) and the publication of five issues of a student journal of poetry and prose called Memorias del Silencio.

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