Term of Award

Fall 2009

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Grigory Dmitriyev

Committee Member 1

John Weaver

Committee Member 2

Daniel Czech

Committee Member 3

Trey Burdette

Committee Member 3 Email



Author's abstract: This historical case study utilizes Critical Discourse Analysis in order to investigate its availability or absence within American football coaching curriculum outside of the traditional education setting. The study examines texts written by or about football coaches to find where critical pedagogy exists and what it looks like within coaching curriculum. The research attempts to add to the conversation of critical pedagogy, critical theory and their use outside the classroom. Critical pedagogy is investigated in this study in order to add validity to its use within football coaching school curriculum. Critical theory is discussed as a positive element in coaching curriculum and the possibilities of critical theory within football coaching curriculum is demonstrated. During this study three themes were discovered from the texts examined: Capitalism, Power and Goals. This study investigates these texts to demonstrate the influence of these three themes on critical coaching and shows where critical coaching exists currently as well as in the past.

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