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Graduate Defense: Regina M Manley

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm MDT

Dissertation Information

Title: Oral Curriculum for Connected Learners in India

Program: Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Advisor: Dr. Keith Thiede, Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies

Committee Members: Dr. David Gabbard, Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies


This research documents the experience of 13 local leaders implementing an oral curriculum over 13 months in Karnataka, India. Audio materials were created in each group’s mother tongue: In Kannada, the state language, by the Kannadiga group; in a Kannada-Telegu mix by the Madiga group (a Scheduled Caste); and in Vaagri Booli by the Hakkipikki group (a Scheduled Tribe). The oral curriculum followed the Spoken International® model. Each team of local leaders designed “content” by combining a topic, a local proverb, and an informative resource in story form. Next, the individual leaders facilitated discussion groups in their community centered on the content. Successful implementation of the process was relative to the leader’s familiarity with oral modes of learning. 19 men were interviewed including 6 community discussion group members. The Connected Learner Framework consisting of four constructs—relationship, relevance, mutual respect, and oral modes of communication—was the conceptual lens.