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ERIC Number: EJ1171783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2154-6282
The Critical Friends Group: A Strategy for Developing Intellectual Community in Doctoral Education
Costantino, Tracie
i.e.: inquiry in education, v1 n2 Article 5 Dec 2010
A key recommendation from the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate project is for doctoral programs to focus on developing intellectual communities that are knowledge-centered and multigenerational. In this article I describe a graduate art education course, Writing Critique in Art Education, which uses the Critical Friends discussion protocol to facilitate a heterogeneous intellectual community for doctoral and master's level students. Using a practitioner inquiry methodology, I investigated how the use of a Critical Friends protocol influenced the development of an intellectual community in this course, and how the intellectual community supported students' growth as educational researchers, future teacher educators, and current practicing teachers. While this course is situated in an art education graduate program, the research findings can inform doctoral preparation across disciplines as it focuses on a strategy that facilitates critical dialogue in a supportive environment regardless of content area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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