Date of Award

Fall 9-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Mimi Rosenberg

Abstract

The author illuminates major theoretical concepts integral to critical pedagogy as they apply to grades k-5 through a selective review of the literature and reflection on how these principles intersect with her personal and teaching experiences. A candid analysis of the author's ongoing journey to put these ideas into practice, including ways in which she has felt successful and areas she continues to find challenging, is offered. Suggestions for ways in which elementary school educators can approach their teaching practices and classroom structures through the lens of critical pedagogy are included. Reactions to the thesis from several of the author’s colleagues, friends, and mentors are presented.

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