Margaret Yonemura discusses the development of her concept of empowerment and its current expression in a teacher education program. The author has been influenced by the Malting House School and its Deweyan focus on the whole child actively generating knowledge out of daily experiences, guided by a teacher who helps connect it with the disciplines. She explores three ways in which she works to empower students in teacher training: through the invention of curriculum, through ongoing peer relations, and through child study. The author joins Jean Piaget, Paulo Freire, and others in suggesting that humans beings can and must shift educational perspectives in the direction of emancipation.

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