Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Rhetoric & Comm Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Marilee Mifsud


"There is a serious crisis in education. Students often do not want to learn and teachers do not want to teach. More than ever before in the recent history of this nation, educators are compelled to confront the biases that have shaped teaching practices in our society and to create new ways of knowing, different for the sharing of knowledge (hooks 12)."

Drawing from the work of such writers as bell books, Paolo Friere, and Gilles Deleuze, this thesis explores limitations and constraints of traditional pedagogy, then brings this critique to bear upon the traditional pedagogy of rhetoric. Drawing from the work of such rhetorical scholars such as John Schilb, Diane Davis, Robert Craig, and Sonya Foss, I explore alternative pedagogies of rhetoric as well as how these pedagogies might transform the teaching of basic public speaking.