Term of Award

Fall 2018

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

Digital Commons@Georgia Southern License

Department

Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

MARLA MORRIS

Committee Member 1

ROBERT LAKE

Committee Member 2

SABRINA ROSS

Committee Member 3

STUART TEDDERS

Abstract

This study explores the use of currere to enable pre-service and practicing teachers to make meaning of their educational experiences by writing their educational autobiography, particularly through the use of creative nonfiction. Currere is a systematic process of autobiographical reflection developed by William Pinar for adult educators; however, I explore how currere can be used when accompanied by educational autobiography and creative nonfiction to safely and appropriately frame self-reflections on educational experiences. These three instructional strategies can help lifelong learners with the ability to create meaning of their educational experiences, especially their negative experiences, and thus redeem those experiences by turning them into stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks. Currere is a viable process for current and future teachers to understand themselves and can, thus, position them to understand others, a key capability for a rich, productive, and educated life.

Research Data and Supplementary Material

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