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ERIC Number: ED384113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 17
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Theory to Practice: A Description and Multi-Dimensional Evaluation of the University of Utah's Educational Administration Ed.D. Program.
Pounder, Diana G.
This paper describes the University of Utah's recently revised Ed.D. program and reports the results of several program-evaluation efforts conducted since its implementation. In particular, the most recent evaluation assessed the effectiveness of the field-based doctoral program in educational administration in linking theory and research to the improvement of practice. That study evaluated the degree and ways in which doctoral student field-based projects and studies have resulted in program or policy changes in schools and other education-related agencies. Data indicate that approximately one-half to two-thirds of student projects resulted in some sort of policy or program change in educational practice. The program pairs traditional academic seminars with a series of corresponding field-applications courses. Students are required to complete projects that apply research to problems of practice. Practicing administrators work as part-time clinical faculty to team-teach the field-applications courses with resident faculty. The program has been praised for its use of a departmentwide conceptual orientation, the inclusion of a values and ethics dimension, systematic evaluation, the use of local practitioners, and commitment to high-quality teaching. However, all major actors in the program have outside responsibilities that necessarily take precedence over those of the program. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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