Critical experiential education : integrating critical pedagogy, social justice education, and experiential education to re-imagine teaching and learning

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Evan N. Small (Creator)
Frances G. Varker (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Leila Villaverde

Abstract: This dissertation examines the lived experiences of teachers, students, and administrators at a public charter school based on progressive philosophies such as experiential education, restorative justice, and social justice. Through a qualitative constructivist grounded theory approach, this research discusses the ways that experiential education influences the teaching and learning at this school. Interviews and observations were utilized to gain a more thorough understanding of the ways in which these progressive pedagogies are enacted. Experiential education provides a co-created and student-centered learning environment that prepares students for lives as citizens of local and global communities. As a philosophy, experiential education can be utilized to help make meaning of experiences and motivate future actions. Central to this project is the proposal of a new frame for critical experiential education that intentionally integrates social justice education, critical pedagogy, and experiential education. The creation of this frame attempts to put these seemingly disparate fields into conversation with one another thereby intertwining the elements of each such that the gaps found amongst them can be filled. The value of this work is the ability to create a more robust and comprehensive understanding and implementation of a frame of critical experiential education that is intentionally grounded in aspects of power, justice, context, history, and identity in order to recognize and encourage future action towards the alleviation of oppression in all its forms.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
Critical pedagogy, Experiential education, Facilitation, Social justice education, Teaching
Critical pedagogy
Experiential learning
Social justice and education
Educational change

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