Date of Completion


Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Wanda Teays

Second Advisor

Delores Gallo

Third Advisor

Nellie McKay


This thesis is a study of the complex interrelation between thought and language and the relevance of social and cultural influences on a mature critical concept of self. This study represents an effort to propose a curriculum for literacy that facilitates the restructuring of consciousness in the adult learner. The intent is to promote transformation of student apperception from that of internalized reactive powerlessness to proactive self-empowerment. It is an emancipatory theory of literacy with a corresponding transformative pedagogy that promotes the ability to name and define the relationship of self and environment, and one that engages learners to transform their world.

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