Term of Award

Spring 2008

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

Marla Morris

Committee Member 1

Petra Munro Hendry

Committee Member 2

William Reynolds

Committee Member 3

John Weaver

Committee Member 3 Email



This work is a postmodern, historical analysis that seeks to trouble the private/public distinction that is traditionally drawn in educational history and theory by examining the histories of public schools and independent schools around the topics of identity politics, accountability, and globalization. Although there is much literature and research regarding these topics within the context of public schooling, much of it is ahistorical in many respects. There is much less scholarly work discussing these topics in the sector of independent schooling. The majority of the literature on the topics of identity politics, accountability, and globalization in schooling takes an either/or perspective, in which the interconnectivity of the histories of private and public schooling are isolated or dichotomized. This work is unique in its focus on the histories of independent schoolings as in dialogue with those of public schooling. Through a historical and theoretical examination of the dialogical space of the in-between of the private/public divide in education around these three interrelated topics, this work troubles the private/public distinction and explores the possibilities and futurities for curriculum work and education in the postmodern space in-between public schools and independent schools.

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