Capstone/Dissertation Title

How education and teaching became my forms of activisman autoethnography

Term

2013

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Abstract

The research question addressed is how education and teaching became personal forms of activism. This project documents one teacher's journey in creating a social justice curriculum for high school students in an alternative setting. The curriculum focuses on community and personal responsibility while improving reading and writing skills. The author emphasizes the need to validate personal experiences in order to encourage empathy and compassion-catalysts of change. Led by the teachings of James Baldwin, bell hooks and Paulo Freire, the author is inspired to share the value in creating solidarity while questioning the norm. Included in this capstone are units designed to address systemic and personal oppression because there is a need for a curriculum that produces thinkers, and life-long learners in our current insular technological world.

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