CSU/UCI Joint Doctorate Program Hosts Educational Leadership Research Institute

CSU/UCI Joint Doctorate Program Hosts Educational Leadership Research Institute
USC's Richard Brown speaks during the Educational Leadership Research Institute.
Administrators, faculty and students listen as panelists discuss what constitutes research in education.

The CSU/UC Irvine Joint Ed.D. Program in Educational Administration and Leadership hosted an Educational Leadership Research Institute for administrators, faculty and students on Nov. 5 in the Kellogg West Conference Center. Nearly 100 participants representing the California State University, other state universities, community colleges and school districts attended the event.

Richard J. Shavelson, professor of education and psychology at Stanford University, gave the keynote address, “What Constitutes Research in Education?” Shavelson chaired the committee of the National Academy of Sciences that produced the scholarly book Scientific Research in Education. His research spans and integrates science learning, teaching and assessment.

“This institute was aimed at students as well as faculty who work with graduate students and are involved in conducting research in some aspects of education,” said Shahnaz Lotfipour, Cal Poly Pomona's program co-director. “It was designed to create an opportunity to network with students, faculty and administrators in Southern California examining the research challenges confronting today's educators.”

The event also included the following breakout sessions:

  • Connecting Technology and Research: Engaging Processes, Products and Outcomes
  • The Value of the Dissertation Process and the Doctoral Project
  • Using Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches in Social and Educational Research
  • Understanding the Role of the Teacher Practitioner in Educational Research
  • Creating a Responsive Research Sequence for Doctoral Level Studies
  • Clarifying the Role of the University in Government Definition and Support of Research

The doctorate degree program, offered jointly with the California State University (campuses of Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Pomona) and UC Irvine, prepares administrative leaders for K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education institutions.

Two years ago, the five area universities introduced a Joint Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program specially designed to prepare a new generation of administrative leaders in education. The three-year, “fast track” program has four areas of emphasis: urban educational leadership, higher education and community college leadership, educational technology leadership and K-12 instructional leadership. A distinguishing feature of the program is its emphasis on how to plan, initiate and assess local reforms for improving educational programs and outcomes.

This partnership is the largest of its kind in the state  more than twice the size of any similar partnership for this kind of doctoral degree.

For more information on the CSU/UCI Joint Ed.D. in Education and Leadership, contact Shahnaz Lotfipour, program co-director, at (909) 869-2255 or visit www.gse.uci.edu/csu-uci-edd.