Engaging Curriculum & Pedagogy Assignment 1

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Albert Einstein once said that the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. I believe the concept of learning and teaching, similar to the world around us, should not be a rigid entity, rather a fluid one with the ability to transform and adapt to the scenario or context. A more modern paradigm of learning envisions the institution of learning itself as a learner- over time it continually learns how to produce more learning with each graduating class, each entering student (Barr & Tagg, 1995). This study has two intertwined objectives, to illuminate education as a transformative endeavour and to discuss the theoretical and philosophical elements of critical perspectives of curriculum and pedagogy. Furthermore, the application and implications of critical curriculum and pedagogy will be revealed and debated in order to fully deconstruct meaning of the aforementioned intentions. Firstly, it is believed to be significant to start at the beginning. What is this great necessity of ‘Critical Pedagogy?’ What is the reason? The opening of this paper attempts to establish the social problem or dilemma that requires critical pedagogy. The “global village” and “flat world” are only two of the many different metaphors used to describe globalisation, but they capture the essence of this process that has profoundly changed how we live, work, and entertain; our lives are becoming increasingly intertwined with those of distant people and places around the world – economically, politically, and culturally. These links are not always new, but they are more pervasive than ever before. These links are the result and forces of the defining characteristic of globalisation- the increasing free movement of people, goods and services, information, and money across national borders and physical distances that
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