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dc.contributor.advisorPushor, Dr. Debbie
dc.creatorKhan, Momina A 1974-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-24T22:00:02Z
dc.date.available2019-09-24T06:05:09Z
dc.date.created2018-10
dc.date.issued2018-09-24
dc.date.submittedOctober 2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/10966
dc.description.abstractThe Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982) guarantees fundamental freedoms of conscience, religion, thought, belief, and opinion. However, the interpretation of such freedoms, and the extent of accommodation within the context of secular public schools, is not always clear (Shariff, 2006). I am a mother of four children who hold multiple identities, languages, nationalities and beliefs as Canadians. In this autobiographical narrative inquiry fused with poetic representation, I explore my ‘mother stories’ of my children’s experiences with curriculum in schools. Through this research, I examine the critical role of curriculum, implementation of curriculum, and shared curriculum making in affirming the identity of ethnically diverse students. The narratives of my experiences from immigration to citizenship, from multiculturalism to eurocentrism, from parent involvement to parent engagement, and from a racialized mother to a researcher are narratives of “gaps, silences, and exclusions shaped in the bumping places children and families experience in schools” (Clandinin, Huber, J., Huber, M., Murphy, Pearce, Murray-Orr, & Steeves, 2006, p. 173). Our lives are lived, and stories of our lives are told, retold, and relived on storied landscapes (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000), landscapes on which larger social, cultural, political, and institutional narratives are simultaneously unfolding (Murphy & Bengezen, 2015). Seeing narrative as a “way of organizing episodes, actions, and accounts of actions” (Sarbin, 1986, p. 9), I engage in constructing “juxtapository narrative” (Bhabha, 2006) and “counter-storytelling” (Solorzano & Yosso, 2002) to challenge dominant stories of curriculum. I aim to sensitize readers – educators, curriculum and policy makers, parents, and community members – to the issues of identity politics and to experiences shrouded in silence in order to deepen individuals’ capacity to respond to the place and voice of people who are different from them (Ellis & Bochner, 2000). Growing up between two cultures and languages, living in in-between spaces, balancing cultural identities and a sense of belonging is a highly complex process for racialized children. Teachers, curriculum makers, and schools all play a fundamental role in shaping students’ identity. Too often, schools are places in which the complex conditions of minority parents’ and children’s lived experiences and their right to be heard are excluded and ignored. Practically, socially and poetically, this inquiry has the potential to positively impact the lives of racialized students, parents, and families by reimagining curriculum in ways that include multiple narratives, identities, realities, perspectives and practices and, thus, a place for their equal rights, voices on this land and in their home, Canada.
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dc.subjectautobiographical narrative inquiry
dc.subjectpoetic representation
dc.subjectmandated school curriculum
dc.subjectmother stories
dc.subjectparent knowledge
dc.subjectminority children
dc.subjectsilenced voices
dc.subjectMuslim Canadian identity
dc.subjectexclusion, inclusion
dc.titleO CANADA, WHOSE HOME AND NATIVE LAND? AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE INQUIRY INTO THE CRITICAL ROLE OF CURRICULUM IN IDENTITY AFFIRMATION
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-09-24T22:00:02Z
thesis.degree.departmentCurriculum Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum Studies
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewan
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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dc.contributor.committeeMemberWotherspoon , Dr. Terry
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWason-Ellam, Dr. Linda
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCottrell, Dr. Michael
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShin, Dr. Hyunjung
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMorrison , Dr. Dirk
local.embargo.terms2019-09-24


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