Freinet Pedagogy: Enduring Impact Over an Individual Career


  • John Sivell Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University



Freinet. Pedagogy. Education.


This article presents an individual perspective on the impact of Freinet Pedagogy across the career of one English language teacher and teacher educator. With special attention to language instruction, I will highlight a number perennially important Freinet dimensions that gradually came to my attention over the years. My admiration for Freinet Pedagogy first arose in relation to two very hands-on techniques: free writing and classroom printing. Later, my interest took a more theoretical turn, through recognition of illuminating consistencies between Freinet Pedagogy and two other more recent developments: broadly, van Lier’s (2004) influential ecological perspective on language learning may be taken as a backdrop against which to highlight the coherence of Freinet Pedagogy both with the flexibly system-based style of planning now advocated by such authorities as Reason (2008), and with the present-day connectionist psychological approach to opportunities for language teaching and learning that has been metaphorically represented in back-to-the-well terms (Sivell & Sivell, 2012).


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Biografia do Autor

John Sivell, Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University

Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University. Was educated in Canada and Britain. After studying and working abroad for an extended period – as an EFL and ESL instructor in England and France, and as a university teacher in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco – he returned to Canada in the early 1980s and commenced the last phase of his career at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where he served as a professor and administrator, with responsibilities in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies. Among his scholarly endeavours are a number of translations, articles and other publications and presentations regarding Freinet Pedagogy. He retired from Brock University in the autumn of 2016.


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SIVELL, J. Freinet Pedagogy: Enduring Impact Over an Individual Career. Revista Ibero-Americana de Estudos em Educação, Araraquara, v. 12, n. esp.1, p. 596–611, 2017. DOI: 10.21723/riaee.v12.n.esp.1.2017.9665. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 out. 2021.