Introduction to UNC Chapel Hill School of Education

and the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID)

Who are we?

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education, Partner Department

The Ph.D. in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prepares leaders in educational research who can meet challenges ranging from the social- emotional needs of diverse student populations to designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs within cultural contexts. The UNC program is designed to foster collaboration among faculty and students from diverse disciplines, thus providing the opportunity to develop relevant research agendas. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Education program are prepared for leadership positions in research and teaching at major universities and institutes. The program is divided into three areas of emphasis: 1) Culture, Curriculum, and Change, (CCC), 2) Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation (EPME), and 3) Early Childhood and Family Literacy (ECFL). The CID leadership team is comprised of faculty and doctoral student representatives from each area of emphasis. Contact information is provided here for a faculty and a student representative.

CID Contact:

  • Professor George Noblit
  • 919-962-2513
  • Doctoral Student Silvia Bettez
  • 919-806-3897
  • UNC School of Education Home Page

    What do we want to accomplish?

    Through the CID we have engaged students and faculty in ongoing discussions about the nature of educational research and what it means to be a steward of the discipline of education. These intellectual discussions have served as a springboard for practical examinations of the PhD education program at our school. As a result we have created a list of measures, strategies, and goals that we wish to implement and/or accomplish in order to improve our program. The measures, which are in the section titled "what are we doing?" are at various stages of implementation. Some goals have already been accomplished and other goals are at merely the beginning stages.

    More about our department

    The Ph.D. in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill UNC School of Education doctoral program provides several different tracks to obtain a doctoral degree. These include: a Ph.D. in Education, a Ph.D. in School Psychology, an Curiculum and Instruction, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. The Ph.D. in Education is the research track doctoral program. Although all programs are invited to participate in CID related committees and activities, it is primarily the faculty and students affiliated with the Ph.D in Education who are participating in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate.

    The Ph.D. in Education is divided into three areas of interst:

  • Culture, Curriculum, and Change (CCC)
  • Early Childhood, Families, and Literacy (ECFL)
  • Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation (EPME)
  • Commonalities PowerPoint
    This link provides an overview of the student requirments in the Ph.D. in Education at UNC Chapel Hill.

    Key Ideas PowerPoint
    This link also provides an overview of the requirements as well as some information as to the questions we addressed in the first year of participation in the CID

    The Ph.D. restructuring and core courses
    This is a link to an innovation that was implemented within the UNC School of Education before involvement with the CID.

    What are we doing?

    What we have started/completed:

  • continuing dialogue on the nature of ed research (see weblog link below)
  • implement inquiry groups (see inquiry group snapshot link below)
  • core course revisions
  • codification of policies
  • orientation: revision of orientation to include CID (see orientation link below)
  • What we hope to do:

  • survey of orientation
  • evaluation of inquiry groups
  • continued implementation of inquiry groups
  • review of comps
  • review core courses
  • address the meaning of social justice for the school of education
  • Inquiry Group Snapshot
    This describes the inquiry groups as one implemented innovation in the doctoral program.

    UNC CID Weblog
    This is a weblog created for the UNC CID. It includes a list of readings discussed on the nature of education research.

    Orientation power point
    This is a power point presentation that was given by Silvia Bettez at the UNC Orientation in Fall 2004.

    Inquiry Group Timeline

    Our largest project consists of the implementation and assessment of research inquiry groups. The timeline is as follows:

  • Solicit inquiry group proposals Spring 2004
  • Collect inquiry group proposals June/July 2004
  • Create Posters for each inquiry group for orientation August 2004
  • Disseminate information on each inquiry group to new and returning students August 2004
  • Begin creating assesment tools for inquiry groups August 2004
  • Inquiry groups begin August 2004
  • Students and Faculty participate in various inquiry groups Fall 2004
  • First assesment of inquiry groups January 2005
  • Assesment data analyzed February/March 2005
  • Suggestions for improvement and accolades April 2005
  • Second assesment of inquiry groups May 2005
  • Assesment data analyzed June/July 2005
  • Suggestions for improvement and accolades August 2005

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