Term of Award

Fall 2007

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

William E. Reynolds

Committee Member 1

Gregori Dmitriyev

Committee Member 2

John A. Weaver

Committee Member 3

Julie Webber

Committee Member 3 Email



Education in the United States continues to focus on creating students to become good local citizens and this needs to change due to the globalized world in which we live. Through a poststructuralist lens and utilizing the works of Micheal Hardt and Antonio Negri this work examines the major institutions that control our world. This work examines the relationship between trans-national corporations and non-governmental organizations and the need for greater transparency in contributions. I propose that one of the major forces in Empire is the World Bank due to the loans that are made and the repayment agreements that are imposed on developing countries. Through the use of standardized tests these this organization and others are able to influence the curriculum in developing countries just as the curriculum in the United States is controlled by standardized tests. Through concentrating on current events/issues and using Critical Pedagogy educators can assist students in becoming more aware of Empire and the possibility of forming the multitude. By using Critical Pedagogy we can hope to educate students to become nomads, as proposed by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guttari, instead of educating them to be good local citizens.

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