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Title: A survey of the learning journeys of school leaders doing the doctorate of education in England
Author: Taysum, Alison Sheila
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 4780
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2006
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The aim of this research is to describe and generate new understandings of the learning journeys of school leaders doing a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in England with a full or partial focus on educational leadership. The research surveyed fourteen school leaders doing the EdD, six EdD programme providers from four HEIs and three professional researchers into the EdD. The data was collected from the twenty-three respondents using semi-structured interviews. Documentation and statistics from the EdD programmes were also drawn upon. The data provided different perspectives of the impact of doctoral work on the learners and was theorized using Bourdieu's theory of practice. Such theorizing revealed that the EdD curriculum and pedagogy and pedagogic relationships designed and/or developed by EdD programme providers, presented windows of opportunity for learners to access different ways of knowing and doing. This afforded them the chance to gain new insights into the interplay between structure and agency and into possible system constraints in the field. This is usefully mapped by a new contribution to knowledge, the Learning to Critically Analyse and Reflect for Emancipation (CARE) Model. This staged model of learning might make a small contribution to making other learners' windows of opportunity become reality.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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