Education-themed TED talks from the perspective of critical pedagogy

Polat İ., Sağlam A., ÇELİK S.

Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, vol.45, no.3, pp.310-332, 2023 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10714413.2023.2202592
  • Journal Name: Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.310-332
  • Keywords: Critical pedagogy, neoliberalism, TED talks
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of the current study is to examine the discourses in the education-themed TED/TEDx presentations within the framework of critical pedagogy and neoliberal understanding. The study was designed as a case study in the qualitative research method. Data were collected by using the document analysis method and descriptive analysis was conducted on the collected data. Based on the findings, it was concluded that there were expressions in the talks that were both compatible and contradictory with the perspective of critical pedagogy. In the discourses of the speakers that overlap with the point of view of critical pedagogy, the following criticisms come to the fore: the dominant education systems suppress education, education is against the nature of the individual, it serves the purpose of training the type of person desired by neoliberal policies, there are inequalities in access to education, social justice and inclusiveness should be ensured, the student is passive in the current system and that the teacher is still a figure of authority in the classroom. On the other hand, it was observed that the speakers have expressions that can serve the purpose of training academic success-oriented and economically equipped personnel, encouraging entrepreneurship and having certificates and promoting global competition.