Introduction: transformation through education in contemporary times: a Freirean reconsideration

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines how discourses across various communities of researchers and disciplines can be consolidated into useful frameworks of understanding. It shows how ideological becoming and ontological transformation can become the fundamental purpose in any English for specific purposes pedagogy, regardless of discipline. The book describes represents a variety of ethnolinguistic and ethnocultural backgrounds and a variety of academic conventions and traditions, as well as systems of education that have been institutionalised differently around the world. It presents studies from countries as diverse – sociopolitically, economically and culturally – as Iran, Vietnam, Cambodia and Saudi Arabia. The book discusses the prevalence of plagiarism at the tertiary level in Vietnam, marks an important but often neglected aspect of higher education. It considers nominal changes and the emerging discursive patterns of scholarly writing on the themes of transformative education that is occurring in contemporary times.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformation and Empowerment Through Education
Subtitle of host publicationReconstructing our Relationship with Education
EditorsRaqib Chowdhury
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780429431050
ISBN (Print)9781138364851
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Transformation
  • Freire
  • Paulo Freire
  • Pedagogy
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  • Equity

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