Paulo Freire is one of the most influential thinkers in education. This text is a thoughtful and thorough introduction to Freire's work, situating this in the context of his life, intellectual journey and the reception of his thinking around the world. Daniel Schugurensky's text offers a coherent and accessible account of Freire's educational thought, looking at its contribution to educational theory and practice and exploring the legacy of Freire for contemporary education and the relevance of his thought for today's students.
Daniel Schugurensky is Professor and Head of the Justice and Social Inquiry Unit at Arizona State University, US, where he holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Transformation. He has worked in educational institutions in Latin America, Canada, United States, and Europe. He has written extensively on youth and adult education, higher education, social pedagogy, and education policy. His recent publications include Informal learning, volunteer work and social action (2013) and Learning citizenship by practicing democracy: international initiatives and perspectives (2010).