Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

with a Specialization in Educational Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Jennifer J. Lesh

Second Advisor

Linda S. Jordan

Third Advisor

Kathleen Weigel


This dissertation discusses the revival of the Muscogee Creek Language through the Development of an Indigenous Language Interest Group. This dissertation examined the various factors contributing to the decline of the Muskogee Creek Language. In addition, this dissertation also addressed the factors that have not been previously discussed, regarding this matter. The dissertation had a positive view of the language and the problems of the slow extinction associated with it. The dissertation also addressed the effect of the language on the people. The research focused on the people who use the language, which included young adults and elders of the community. A case study focus group design was implemented to explore the revival of the Muscogee Creek Language with a cross generational group of speakers. Two focus groups were completed. Key themes derived included existing resources and parent-child relationships. Recommendations for revitalization of the Muscogee Language included: Furthering studies that will focus on extinction in a specific generation and revitalization programs could improve existing literature.


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