Term of Award

Summer 2007

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

William Reynolds

Committee Member 1

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 2

John Weaver

Committee Member 3

William Ayers

Abstract

The journey leading to today has been long and arduous. The irony of the situation is the manner in which I was void of any knowledge that the journey existed. Complacency, intimidation and service to the other are descriptors of my previous life. Determination, freedom, excitement and pride are characterizations of my current being. Realizing there is a problem is the first step towards making a change. I was brought to the realization that I had been deskilled when I began my studies as a doctoral student. What seemingly should have been a gift, was a curse. Professors encouraged me to think for myself, develop my interests and my voice. I struggled in silence instead of embracing the freedom. Through much agony and soul searching I came to the realization that my inability to think for myself was a topic worth study. If it happened to me, it has happened to others and the cycle must stop. Engaging in self-reflection, I discovered that I had participated in the deskilling process on three levels: as a learner, a classroom teacher and as a college professor. My transformation experience is presented throughout the pages that follow. Particular emphasis is placed on the effect of deskilling specifically related to reading instruction. Deskilling in the classroom is examined from the point of view of students, classroom teachers and college professors. It is my hope that all readers of my words will find hope in a shared experience and gain a will to begin their own personal line of flight towards freedom.

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