Date of Award
Master of Arts
Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
Dr. Dini Metro-Roland
Dr. Jill Hermann-Wilmarth
Dr. Paul Farber
Education, transformation, passivity, common core, praxis
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
Restricted to Campus until
Schooling is often imagined as the great equalizer and the primary venue towards personal and collective liberation. However, hegemonic ideals and practices have limited the ability for educators to craft and utilize policy in a way that best benefits their students. In this thesis, I utilize the state of Michigan’s Common Core curriculum to examine the limits beyond policy and practice. Specifically, I argue that the demands for student passivity and institutional measurable as signs of success, prohibit student growth. Throughout the document, I describe hope in the ability to instill a variety of transformative educational theories and practices that re-center students and their communities.
Carvalho-Pinto, Natalia T., "Limited by Design: Expanding the Boundaries of Schooling Policies from Demanded Passivity to Transformative Practice" (2018). Master's Theses. 3808.