What are some similarities between John Dewey's and Paulo Freire's theories of education?

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Both educators strongly believed in the value of the student in the educational process. Neither one favored a model of the teacher's role as an all-knowing, all-powerful influencer who imparts knowledge into ready, empty vessels. Instead, they both attribute great learning to an active role of the student and to the relationship between the teacher and the student.

Dewey proposed that the learning experience is actually more important than the information being taught. The context the teacher provides and the environment he creates for his students will shape their ability to learn and the depth of information they acquire. Therefore, learning should provide hands-on, kinesthetic experiences with a great and meaningful learning outcome. Opportunities like internships, field trips, and service learning are therefore crucial to student learning. Students see how the information applies in real-world contexts and interact with the knowledge and learning in an authentic environment, with...

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