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Experiences as the Coordinator of the Adult Education project of the Movement for Popular Culture in Recife led to the maturing of my early educational convictions. Through this project, we launched a new institution of popular culture, a "culture circle", since among us a school was a traditionally passsive concept. Instead of a teacher, we had a coordinator; instead of lectures, dialogue; instead of pupils, group participants; instead of alienating syllabi, compact programs that were "broken down"; and "codified" into learning units.
In the culture circles, we attempted through group debate either to clarify situations or to seek action arising from that clarification. The topics for these debates were offered by the groups themselves...
('Freire, Education and Conscientizacao' in Tight, M, ed, Adult Learning and Education, 279)