Term of Award

Fall 2015

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

John Weaver

Committee Member 1

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 2

Marla Morris

Committee Member 3

Carl Leggo

Committee Member 3 Email



This dissertation explores through the lens of curriculum studies how poetry is situated in the pedagogical world. My research aims to illuminate how poetry is studied in schools and how these practices of studying poetry give poetry its cultural identity. My framework is guided by John Dewey’s Art as Experience, and this leads me to explore opportunities for students to have profound experiences with poetry and art in schools. My purpose is not to write a prescription for teachers to use in their classrooms. I do not outline how someone should include poetry in a lesson plan. Rather, I explore why poetry is important in our lives and how poetry can contribute to opening avenues for new possibilities through imagination and transformation based on phenomenological experience and scholarship. I explore poetry through an aesthetic lens across different aspects of how poetry has meaning in a contemporary context. This dissertation advances the field of curriculum studies by exploring the influences that poetry has on the curriculum of our lives, and the influence that our lived curriculum has on the future of poetry.