The Doctoral Program in Curriculum Studies is unique both in the construction of the Core and Research segments and the diversity of the supporting areas. This program balances survey courses with in depth investigations on topics in Curriculum Studies.
The Program Core provides a comprehensive coverage of five critical areas in Curriculum Studies:
- History of American Education
- Power and Schooling
- History of American Curriculum
- Philosophies of Education
- Inquiry and Development of Educational Practice
The Research and Inquiry Core provides a comprehensive introduction and orientation to the wide range of scholarly inquiry extant in contemporary curriculum research. By progressing through this sequence of courses and investigating the assumptions found within the major paradigms of educational inquiry, exploring the quantitative and qualitative research paradigms, and considering the wide range of research possibilities mobilized in the field of Curriculum Studies, the student gains a complete and comprehensive understanding of advanced research.
Electives available in these two areas offer opportunities for in depth study of any number of curriculum issues, theorists, or reform movements as well as deeper and more detailed investigations into research methodologies.
Emphasis areas offered:
- Cultural Curriculum Studies
- Learning, Development, and Curriculum
- Multicultural and Social Justice Education
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