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A Voice for Maria Favela : An Adventure in Creative Literacy - Antonio Leal

A Voice for Maria Favela

An Adventure in Creative Literacy

By: Antonio Leal, Alexis Gibbs (Translator), Elaine Chase (Translator)

Paperback | 30 May 2024

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This open access book, originally published in Portuguese in 1988 and now available in English for the first time, describes the Brazilian educator, Antonio Leal's, experiences teaching so-called âunteachableâ children in Rio de Janeiroâs favelas. A Voice for Maria Favela tells the story of how Leal considers what the children bring to the class, gradually engaging them in developing a narrative about Maria Favela, a single mother and housemaid. Leal uses the sounds within the story to draw out the studentsâ abilities to see enunciation and articulation as a process of becoming literatized.

A contemporary and admirer of Paulo Freire, Leal nevertheless recognised that his studentsâ needs could not be theorized along Freirean lines of oppressor/oppressed. He devised an emancipatory approach that is more focussed on the individual child and their capacity for self-expression than those often found in critical pedagogy. The book puts forward a unique type of radical pedagogy and philosophy of education, developed through direct classroom observation. The book includes a substantial introduction written by the translator Alexis Gibbs (University of Winchester, UK) and preface by Inny Accioly (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil).

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