Engaging Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of Possibility is a cross-cultural case study of how people experience schooling in relation to their sense of time and optimism. Cesar Augusto Rossatto examines how real-life situations and social structures influence people's construction of notions of possibilities. The findings of this study suggest that a curriculum based on Freirean critical pedagogy and time theories can be used to enhance time-consciousness values in contemporary social life.
Cesar Augusto Rossatto teaches in the College of Education at the University of Texas, El Paso.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: A Personal Perspective Chapter 3 Seeing Fatalism and Optimism from a Freirean Perspective Chapter 4 Time Consciousness Chapter 5 Blind Optimism Chapter 6 Fatalistic Optimism Chapter 7 The Impact of U.S. Standardized Testing in the Context of the Four Categories of Optimism Chapter 7 Resilient Optimism Chapter 8 Transformative Optimism Chapter 8 Theoretical Implications for Children's Development, Studies on the Concept of Time, the Centeredness of School Pedagogy, and Critical Pedagogies Chapter 11 Policy Implications, Recommendations, and Conclusions