Critical Engagement Projects

 

In the Adult and Continuing Education doctoral program, the dissertation has been recast as rigorous, sustained intellectual inquiry across the curriculum. To emphasize its refocusing of doctoral research on practice, this activity has been named the "Critical Engagement Project." All research is a reflection on practice, but often practice is viewed abstractly, commodified, objectified without reference to social, cultural, or political context. The Critical Engagement Project will ground research in critical reflection on biography--day-to-day experience--and foster significant engagement with the world.

The Critical Engagement Project will be undertaken throughout the curriculum and will be grounded in the life experiences of each student. Its modes of expression can be varied both in terms of format (not limited to text, but using a variety of media) and in terms of organization (ranging from a number of smaller, interrelated works to a larger, integral text).

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Dissertations from 2013

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Integrating Aesthetics: Transforming Continuing and Professional Education Through Africentric Practice, Auburn E. Ellis

Dissertations from 2011

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LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY: AN APPRECIATIVE CASE STUDY OF SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVES WITHIN A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION, Matthew Price McCrickard

Dissertations from 2009

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White Lies: A Critical Race Study of Power and Privilege, Patricia Jones Brainard

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Blood, Sweat and Tears: Insights into the Lived Experiences of Graduates of an Accelerated Undergraduate Degree-Completion Program, A Phenomenological Study, Bonnie B. Flynn

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“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” An African Centered Historical Study of the Selfethnic Liberatory Education Nature and Goals of the Poetry of Langston Hughes: the Impact on Adult Education, Sarah E. Howard

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Righteous Commitment: Renewing, Repairing, and Restoring the World—Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement, Jennifer Lara Simka Kushner

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A Study of Exceptional Mentoring Insights for Adult Education and emerging mentors, Laura Lee Larson

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Transformative Learning in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Community An Ethnographic Study examining how and in what ways transformative learning is realized and lived out among members of an MS community., Mary N. Lewis

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Culturally-Relevant Information Literacy: A Case Study, Rob Morrison

Dissertations from 2007

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All Children Are Our Children, Tania Giordani

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Navigating Barriers of African American Male Administrators: Manifesting Mechanisms for Career Advancement in Mainstream Institutions of Higher Education, Orlando Lewis

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Autobiography as Counter-Narrative: An Empirical Study of How Race Enters and Structures the Stories of Our Lives, Wendy B. Yanow

Dissertations from 2005

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Hope—Heartbeat of Adult Education: A Phenomenological Inquiry, Phillip L. Moulden

Dissertations from 2003

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Organizational Power and Politics: More Than Meets the Eye in Program Planning, Susan Shaver

Dissertations from 2001

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Adult Learning in the Context of Interreligious Dialogue: A Collaborative Research Study Involving Christians, Jews, and Muslims, Nadira K. Charaniya and Jane West Walsh