Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education and Human Services


Educational Foundations

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Maughn Gregory

Committee Member

David Kennedy

Committee Member

Mark Weinstein


Paulo Freire (1921-1997), Pedagogía da esperança (Freire, Paulo), Urban schools--United States, Education--Philosophy


Inner- city schools are confronted with a number of challenges that are unique to their urbanized setting. To help identify opportunities for improvement in these schools, this study sought: 1) to determine whether Freire’s Pedagogy of Hope theoretically responds to what is known of the phenomenon of hopelessness in inner-city US schools and 2) to produce a systematic evaluation of that model, by examining published critiques of Freire’s work, as well as responses to these critiques, both theoretical and empirical. This determination is an important contribution to the field of critical pedagogy and serves educators seeking guidance on which aspects of that pedagogy may be useful in their situations. The formulated answers to the research questions are presented in the concluding chapter, together with recommendations for educators and policymakers alike.

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