Critical theory and pedagogy

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This article describes the theoretical origins – in Marx, Weber, and other sources – and the major epistemological and axiological aspects, concerns, and research foci of critical theory as it was developed by theorists associated with the Frankfurt School and further elaborated in the work of Jürgen Habermas. The article then considers some of the implications for a critical pedagogy in the light of critical theory. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
EditorsPenelope PETERSON, Eva BAKER, Barry MCGAW
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)9780080448947
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Mason, M. (2010). Critical theory and pedagogy. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGraw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd ed., pp. 133-140). Oxford: Elsevier.


  • Enlightenment rationality
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Critical theory
  • Emancipation
  • Empowerment
  • Frankfurt School
  • Freire
  • Habermas
  • Ideology
  • Instrumental rationality
  • Power
  • Education


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