PhD in Educational Studies with a focus in curriculum studies, educational foundations and leadership, inclusive education, lifelong learning, literacies, and the psychological aspects of education.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Educational Studies is a 7 unit or 42 credit hour program comprising 2.5 units or 15 credit hours of course work (more if deemed necessary at time of admission), a 1.5 unit or 9 credit hour Comprehensive Research/Scholarly Portfolio (with attendant examination) and a 3 unit or 18 credit hour Dissertation.
foundations of educational inquiry
research paradigms and methodologies
focused educational studies
Students also complete Comprehensive Portfolio and a Doctoral Dissertation.
PhD in Educational Studies
At the end of June, 2014, I finished a very gratifying term as Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Inter-University Program in Educational Studies. This is a relatively new program (in its fifth year) that is offered jointly by three Nova Scotia Universities: Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and St. Francis Xavier University.
Currently, I am teaching a PhD seminar in this program. This course engages students in an in-depth look at educational theory. Rather than organizing this course as a “survey” of educational theory,” I have elected to approach the course as an exploration of the nature of theory in the social sciences, in general, arguing that, for the most part, education research explores the relationships between agency and social structure (mostly, students/teachers and educational contexts) and is, thus, a specialized context of social science theorizing and research. To help my students deepen their understanding of educational (aka, context specific social science theorizing), I am introducing them to recent research in Critical Realism. Critical Realism offers important insights into fundamental questions faced by social science researchers.
A key event in the course was a one-day Webinar during which students presented papers exploring the implications of critical theory for education. .
Current PhD Students
Scott MacPhail is researching the ways large international policy organizations (like the OECD) shape educational policy. Scott is especially interested in the recent influence of neoliberalism on these policy organizations and the ways these organizations shape educational contexts consistent with the needs of contemporary capitalism. Scott has successfully defended his Dissertation Proposal and is currently completing his dissertation research. Scott is currently working as the Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.
Joseph's doctoral research is examining how the politics of intercultural contact and gender interacts with access to education for refugee couples who move from developing to developed countries, particularly Liberian refugees in Canada. On October 1, 2014, Joseph successfully defended his doctoral portfolio to become a doctoral candidate.