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A Critical Pedagogy Approach to Online Education: What we Learned from a U.S./South African Course PROCEEDINGS

, University of San Diego, United States

Global Learn, in Melbourne, Australia ISBN 978-1-880094-85-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of using a critical pedagogy approach in an online environment. The participants were students involved in the course “Teaching and Learning about Africa” at a Midwestern and South African university. Students were able to participate in their native country while interacting with others abroad. The theoretical framework for the course and the research was critical pedagogy (Freire, 1970). The online discussions, readings, and assignments challenged students’ worldviews and framed a problem-posing and authentic educational atmosphere, which offered students the chance to think critically, learn, and grow both academically and personally.


Devers, C. (2011). A Critical Pedagogy Approach to Online Education: What we Learned from a U.S./South African Course. In S. Barton, J. Hedberg & K. Suzuki (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 2199-2204). Melbourne, Australia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 19, 2018 from .

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