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Educational Foundations and Inquiry

If you want to study the intersections of education and politics, examine international and comparative education, or discuss the anthropology and social contexts of education, then we have a community of like-minded scholars for you.

Do questions like "what are the changing purposes of schooling?" and “what are the implications of standardized education?” spark your interest? Are you concerned about the politics of education, or the social ramifications of an increasingly educated populace?

The Educational Foundations & Inquiry degrees are designed for people who want to become educational researchers who apply qualitative methodologies to their studies, or leaders with goals of greater social equity and justice.

Your course work

You will work closely with your adviser and doctoral committee to construct a program of study that supports your chosen research path. In addition to your courses in educational foundations, you will design your own individual program of study in social sciences and humanities education. Depending on your areas of focus, you might present at regional, national, and international conferences.

Your career

The degrees in this area of focus can lead to highly specialized, rewarding work. For example, members of the Educational Foundations and Inquiry faculty have served as Fulbright scholars and consultants for international non-governmental organizations, and even Ministries of Education. Many other paths are available; these primarily combine teaching and research with involvement with schools and communities at all levels- local, national and worldwide.