Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 12-2017


School of Education


Visual Communication Arts--Teacher Certification [PROPOSED FOR NEXT YEAR]


community development, education, sustainable, poverty


Adult and Continuing Education | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Emergency and Disaster Management | Indigenous Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


Self-sustaining community development strategies, focused on education as a means for change, have great potential to make an impact on worldwide poverty. Instead of a one-time intervention with results that fade over time, the cyclical structure of participatory development will yield increasing results as time goes on. Teaching the community how to improve itself will increase its ability to deal with future problems, and positively impact women, children, and the environment in developing countries. This philosophy and practical strategy could be effective in any geographic location or culture, focusing on education and the ability of the local people to transform their own communities.