Educational Philosophy

Start Your Free Trial

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

Expert Answers info

kapokkid eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write2,387 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Dewey believed very strongly that a student must experience things directly in order to learn them or learn about them. He felt that the traditional model of the teacher standing in front of the room instructing students was deeply flawed and tried to change the structure of schools. He wanted students to be able to move in and out of different rooms and to find connections between subjects, rather than the way schools structure them in isolated towers.

This matched very much with Freire's distaste for the idea that a student was an empty vessel waiting to be filled with the information and knowledge that a teacher possessed (and would ultimately pass on). He felt that the ability to ask questions or the ability to examine effectively and exhaustively was far more important than the absorption of certain facts and theories.

They both believed that education could be a vehicle for social change. Dewey felt that a better educational system could do more to place children on equal footing,...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 565 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write16,848 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial