Bodily practices and Paulo Freire: An analysis of knowledge

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This study aims at understanding how Freirean theory has been studied by the Physical Education (PE) academic community. A systematic review was carried out in the databases ERIC, SPORTDiscus, and Fuente Académica, with the following descriptors; Empowerment; Critical Theory; and Paulo Freire, combined with Physical Education both in English and Portuguese. Studies about dance, fight, gymnastics, sports, games, games, and/or rhythmic and expressive activities were selected for analysis. Knowledge production and the discussion were mapped for the following categories: Consciousness; Popular culture; and Empowerment. Freirean studies are rare in PE. However, those found show the contribution of Freire’s teachings to a more critical and democratic PE. Therefore, new investigations must further examine Freirean theory and PE.




Nogueira, V. A., Maldonado, D. T., dos Santos Silva, S. A. P., Freire, E. dos S., & Miranda, M. L. de J. (2018). Bodily practices and Paulo Freire: An analysis of knowledge. Movimento, 24(4), 1265–1280.

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