Praxis (word)

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Praxis is the process by which a theory or lesson becomes part of lived experience. Rather than a lesson being simply absorbed at the intellectual level in a classroom, ideas are tested and experienced in the real world, followed by an opportunity for reflective contemplation. In this way, abstract concepts are connected with lived reality.

Praxis is used by educators to describe a recurring passage through a cyclical process of experiential learning, such as the cycle described and popularized by David Kolb.

In the writings of Marxist theorist and activist Georg Lukacs, the task of political organization is to establish professional discipline over everyday political praxis, consciously designing the form of mediation best suited to clear interactions between theory and practice.

See also, Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970).

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