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Doctoral Seminar I:
Research, Theories, and Issues

Brock: EDU 7F20
Windsor: 9020
Lakehead: EDUC 6020

Historical and philosophical foundations of education are examined through the three fields of study.

An introduction to qualitative methods of research in education, encompassing interview, phenomenological, ethnographic, constructivist, and case study approaches to data collection, analysis, and interpretation.


Cognition and Learning

Brock: EDU 7P41
Windsor: 9410
Lakehead: EDUC 6411

An analysis of epistemological theories through a critical examination of foundational and current research and a reflection on historical and philosophical orientations as they relate to contemporary issues in cognition and learning.


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Brock: EDU 7P21
Windsor: 9210
Lakehead: EDUC 6211


An introduction to the origins and intellectual traditions of theories that influence how we organize education.

Students develop an understanding of sociological paradigms that have influenced educational systems over time, and develop perspectives that enable them to think critically and creatively about contemporary and future issues in educational leadership, policy, and organizations.


Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education

Brock: EDU 7P31
Windsor: 9310
Lakehead: EDUC 6311


A critical examination of cultural, historical, and theoretical perspectives in education. Bodies of knowledge related to understanding the complexities of sociocultural influences in education are the main focus. Power relations at play and how they are negotiated in everyday practice are considered.

Using the sociocultural framework developed in the course, students also investigate their specific areas of interest (for example, curriculum theory and practice).


Doctoral Seminar II: Research, Theories, and Issues

Brock: EDU 7F40
Windsor: 9040
Lakehead: EDUC 6040


An examination of research, theories, and issues in the fields of study via a specific theme which is identified annually. For example, the theme might be bullying, or caring in education, or gender issues.

An introduction to quantitative methods of research in education, encompassing true experiments, quasi experiments, and correlational studies.


The Specialization Elective (Directed Study)

Brock: EDU 7P51
Windsor: 9510
Lakehead: EDUC 6511

Students may complete either a specialization elective or directed study. In either case, the content for this coures must relate to their field of study, dissertation topic, and related research methodologies. Please see Program Handbook for more details

Research Proposal Colloquium

Brock: EDU 7P69
Windsor: 9690
Lakehead: EDUC 6719


In this course students examine theory and research in relation to their intended dissertation topic.

Students develop a topic idea in the form of a dissertation proposal, defining a research question and a theoretical base for intended study.

Students examine research questions in relation to varied methodologies, so that a diverse examination of research frameworks takes place through SAKAI-based discourse.


Comprehensive Portfolio Examination

Brock: EDU 7D80
Windsor: 9800
Lakehead: EDUC 6080

Please see Comprehensive Portfolio Examination.

PhD Dissertation

Brock: EDU 7Z90
Windsor: 9980
Lakehead: EDUC 6901

Please see Dissertation.
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