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Phone: (208)-364-4047

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College of Education
1776 Science Center Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83460

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Course Descriptions

Fall 2014 (7 credits)

1. ED 611 Doctoral Seminar I (1 credit). This seminar is intended to help facilitate a community among doctoral students and build an understanding of the processes and strategies necessary for success in the doctoral program.

2. EDAD 504: Organizational Analysis (3 credits). Analysis of organizational characteristics and principles in educational organizations. Topics include: Organizational theories and models, organizational culture, communication, innovation, planning, leadership, power and influence, and external environment influences.

3. ED 573 Action Research (3 credits). Introduction to action research as a form of systematic applied inquiry conducted by professionals to gain insight, develop reflective perspective, effect change, enhance environment, and improve practice, pedagogy, learner/participant outcomes, policies/procedures. Goals of course include: understanding the theoretical foundations of practical and critical action research, self-study, and teacher research; examining the impact of action research on professional knowledge/actions/environment; exploring processes for identifying area of focus, generating data, analyzing and interpreting data, and developing an action plan for change.

Spring 2015 (7 credits)

1. ED 612 (1 credit). Builds on ED 611 by introducing students to university resources, exemplars and advanced consideration of scholarly writing.

2. AOLL 628 Program Evaluation (3 credits). Schools, organizations, and community agencies are being increasingly held accountable for their respective programs. This course addresses how action research can be a powerful tool for empirically evaluating all aspects of a given program. Recommended Preparation: foundations and/or introduction to research.

3. EDAD 610 Issues in Educational Governance (3 credits). An examination of current topics including ethics, federalism, internationalism and trend analysis of and projections for education reform.

Summer 2015 (6 credits)

1. ED 571 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 credits). Overview of research techniques, emphasizing experimental, quasi-experimental, descriptive, analytical, single subject designs. Special emphasis on interpreting and critically evaluating research articles; planning, analyzing, and writing quantitative research studies.

2. AOLL 574: Transformative Learning (3 credits). Transformative learning theory is an essential part of this course. The best practices for reflecting upon existing personal, organizational, environmental, and social sustainability mental models and questioning norms are explored and practiced. Cognitive, humanistic, social learning, behavioral, constructivist, and developmental learning theories for adults are foundational elements of the course.

Fall 2015 (7 credits)

1. ED 680 Philosophical Foundations of Educational Research (3 credits). This doctoral level course involves learners in an examination of the philosophical foundations, epistemological assumptions, and methodological frameworks of educational and social science research. Given the current acknowledgement of the importance of perspective and point of view in inquiry. Readings in gender, class, and ethnic identity will be included.

2. ED 574 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits). Introduction to historical background and theoretical foundations of qualitative research. Addresses issues of design, methods, analysis, political, and ethical issues as they relate to practice. Goals of course include: developing introductory understanding of designing a qualitative study; exploring framework and methods within qualitative research; appreciation of complexities within approach; and developing beginning skills through conducting a qualitative inquiry project.

3. AOLL 612 Doctoral Seminar II (1 credit). The seminar is intended for those doctoral students who have completed all or most of their course work. The seminar will focus on how to be successful in taking the preliminary examination and how to develop a tentative dissertation proposal.

Spring 2016 (7 credits)

1. EDAD 504 Case Studies of Leadership, Organizations and Learning (3 credits). An in-depth and multi-disciplinary examination of successful leadership and learning in organizations from across professional contexts. The course will help students understand and explore the ways that leadership and learning happen in many types of organizations.

2. ED 600: Dissertation Methodology and Literature Review Workshop (3 credits). Students will focus on developing the methodology and literature review for their dissertation studies.

3. AOLL 613 Doctoral Seminar III (1 credit). The seminar will focus on the advancement of the dissertation, committee ship, completion and continuation of the research project and ultimately the defense of the dissertation.

Summer 2016 (6 credits)

1. EDAD 504: International Perspectives on Leadership, Organizations and Learning (3 credits). An international and comparative examination of the ways that leadership is conceived and practiced around the world. Students will learn about perspectives and leaders from across the globe and throughout history.

2. ED 600: Dissertation Proposal Workshop (3 credits). Students will finalize the writing of their dissertation proposal.

Fall 2017 (9 credits)

1. ED 600: Dissertation Data Collection and Analysis Workshop (3 credits). Students will begin data collection and analysis for their dissertation studies and receive formative guidance as they conduct the work.

2. AOLL 504 Leadership for Individual and Organizational Learning (3 credit). This course emphasizes adult learning and organizational learning theories as a way of understanding and designing organizational and individual improvement plans.

Spring 2018 (6 credits)

1. ED 600: Dissertation Writing Workshop (6 credits). Students will write their disserta