The Landless Workers Movement’s itinerant schools: occupying and transforming public education in Brazil

Alessandro Mariano, Rebecca Tarlau

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Abstract

This article explores how social movement co-governance of public education offers an alternative to neoliberal educational models. The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) is one of the largest social movements in Latin America. We describe one of the many schools that the MST co-governs, the Itinerant School Paths of Knowledge (Caminhos do Saber), located in an occupied encampment in the state of Paraná. We analyze three of the most unique pedagogical innovations in the school: the teacher’s incorporation of ‘portions of reality’ into classroom teaching, the student work collectives, and the participatory student evaluation process. Although these pedagogies are seemingly mundane changes to everyday school practice, we argue that they represent a challenge to the neoliberal educational model being implemented globally. These movement pedagogies are likely to continue, despite recent conservative attacks, and they offer several concrete lessons for how to effectively contest neoliberal educational practices in other global contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)538-559
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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