The Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program provides opportunities for study in the areas of Cognition & Learning, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, and Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education. Please see the below table for a description of each Filed of Study available within the program:
Cognition and Learning
Critically examines the cognitive, behavioural, social-emotional, and cultural processes of educators and students by drawing upon psychology, philosophy, sociology, sciences, and other disciplines.
Intergral components of the field include:
contemporary and inclusive instruction
assessment and evaluation
curriculum development and implementation
metacognition and executive function
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Encompasses four broad content areas: policy, organizational theory, leadership, and change.
Explores the ethical, social, cultural, philosophical, and historical aspects of educational policy, leadership, and organizations.
Draws upon the theoretical and methodological frameworks that situate the major issues, challenging institutional and community educational systems and practices within their larger socio-political, socio-cultural, and curricular contexts.
Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education
Draws upon the humanities, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, history, politics, and arts in relation to education.
Goal is to foster emancipatory research and democratic practice in institutional and community settings.
Consideration is given to, but not limited to, social constructs of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability/disability, and how they intersect with and influence educational experience and practice.