Term of Award

Fall 2007

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

Marla B. Morris

Committee Member 1

William Reynolds

Committee Member 2

John Weaver

Committee Member 3

Delese Wear

Committee Member 3 Email



The purpose of this dissertation is to create a merging of illness, education, pragmatism and spirituality. The dissertation argues the pragmatist views of the lived experience propose a need for spiritual awareness when facing adversities such as illness. Currer and creation spirituality are woven together as a means of discovering a path to recovery. Perceptions of reality and education are approached, and an educational malignancy is suggested whereas unforeseen occurrences and entities are breaking down the current educational system. Finally, death is approached not as an end, but rather as a beginning. Education, spirituality, pragmatism and illness are united by fleshing through pathographies, literature, and pragmatic views to shed light onto the lived experience of life in the ill body.

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