PhD in Education: Sociocultural and Community-Based Approaches to Research and Education (SCA)
School of Education
The Sociocultural and Community-Based Approaches to Research and Education (SCA) specialization views education as contextual, dialogic, and relational. This interdisciplinary specialization draws from the social sciences, situated cognition, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, feminist theory, and disabilities studies to examine sociocultural, community-based, and equity issues in education. We recognize that learning is shaped by institutions, cultures, communities (including online communities), practices, technology, and histories, and we strive to prepare graduates who will engage teachers, educational leaders, policy makers, families, and students in the work of examining and developing equitable educational communities.
Students in this specialization
- Gain a rich understanding of the complex contextual, dialogic, and relational aspects of education and sociocultural issues affecting children, families, and communities.
- Develop equity literacy and learn how research related to race, ethnicity, gender, and disability can help create equitable models of education in diverse schools and communities.
- Conduct qualitative and mixed-methods research on contemporary educational issues of educational interventions.
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