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Ph.D. in Education

Core Assumptions

The collaborative Program is designed for educators whose professional experience and goals match the Program’s mission and focus.  This focus is reflected in the core assumptions:

  • Effective educational reform might best be accomplished by the improvement of existing institutions.

  • Leaders of reforms should be experienced and reflective educators who are guided by the history of American education, but not confined by it.

  • Past and current educational practices must be carefully evaluated in order to refine some and replace others.

  • Blueprints for educational improvement and reform should be shaped by previous research on educational theory and practice.

  • Educational improvement and reform should be systematically evaluated.

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