Term of Award
Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)
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Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)
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Ming Fang He
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In my dissertation inquiry, I use a poststructural framework in a series of speculative essays connected through the metaphor of curriculum as a voyage. I examine my interest in French language and culture and share how language study and time spent abroad gave me a concern for the other and helped me understand the intermingled nature of language, power, and alterity. I incorporate currere and différance to examine how my time abroad impacts how I view curriculum. I envision a Third Space between languages and cultures. I apply a poststructural philosophy to the development of the French national identity and show how past traumas including the Holocaust and colonialism continue to impede French society. I use Daignault’s (2015) thoughts on suicide and murder to theorize a French identity that that does not subsume the culture of immigrants within the dominant national identity. I study how the French language was an integral part of the development of the French identity and how myself and others have experienced the colonizing aspects of the French language. I examine how poststructural thought can inspire a liberatory curriculum that involves music, autobiographical reflection, and student autonomy.
Bowers, Jennifer, "A Curriculum of Poststructural Reflections on Language, Power, and Alterity" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2407.
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