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Teaching Critical Inquiry and Applied Research

Moving Beyond Traditional Methods

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  • Publisher
    Myers Education Press
  • ISBN 9781975505349
  • Language English
  • Pages 225 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

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A key distinction between an education doctorate, or Ed.D., and other doctorates in the field of education is the development of scholar practitioners armed with knowledge and skills to successfully lead change in their profession. Critical inquiry is one such skill, increasingly taught in many Ed.D. programs in some form of applied research methodology. Teaching Critical Inquiry and Applied Research: Moving Beyond Traditional Methods gathers insights from Ed.D. faculty regarding how the teaching of applied research occurs to develop scholar practitioners prepared to bring change to their respective professional fields. The 13 chapters provide a broad coverage of related topics, which includes advocacy and leadership through research, innovative features of methods courses, and methodology-focused program redesign. Each chapter includes strategies and recommendations for others interested in implementing something similar in their courses and programs. This book also captures student voices, in the form of vignettes written by students within each chapter, to illustrate the powerful impact of learning related to critical inquiry and applied research. Teaching Critical Inquiry and Applied Research is an excellent text for classrooms devoted to critical research, critical pedagogy, and other courses.



Foreword by Johnny Saldaña

Introduction by Christopher Benedetti and Amanda Covarrubias 

Chapter 1. Developing EdD Students’ Critical Inquiry Abilities Using Action Research by Ray R. Buss

Chapter 2. Scaffolding the Research Process: Mitigating Imposter Syndrome Before the Dissertation by Ryann N. Shelton, Nicholas R. Werse, and Brenda K. Davis

Chapter 3. Demystifying Research Methods for EdD Students: A Practical Inquiry Approach by Eric Ludwig

Chapter 4. Empowering Leadership Through an Engaged Pedagogy to a Leadership Theory Classroom by Kevin J. Bazner and J. Suzy Ponton

Chapter 5. “I Am Not Wrong:” Eliminating the Traditional Gaze From Black Feminist Practitioner-Oriented Dissertation Research by Marquita D. Foster, Danelle Adeniji, Lovis M. Nelson-Williams, Rashonda D. Harris, and Ashley Gibson

Chapter 6. Roads Toward Scholarly Practice: Applied Research in the Educational Leadership EdD by Vincent Cho, Martin Scanlan, and Julia Carlson

Chapter 7. Applied Research Methods for Continuous Improvement Inquiry Practices in an EdD Program by Margaret Terry Orr

Chapter 8. The Practitioner Inquiry Course Sequence: Centering Improvement Science in the Design of an EdD Program by Sarah A. Capello, Edwin Nii Bonney, and Maxwell Yurkovsky

Chapter 9.  Intentionality and Application of Andragogy to Reduce Anxiety and Increase Relevancy by Corinna R. Kaul

Chapter 10. Designing Research Curriculum to Connect Theory, Research, and Practice in an Online Professional Doctorate by Swapna Kumar, Kara Dawson, Albert D. Ritzhaupt, Maya Israe, Pasha Antonenko, and Brian Robert Taberski

Chapter 11. The Realistic Heuristic by Brian Robert Taberski

Chapter 12. Designing Dissertation Courses for the Dissertation in Practice: Both Dissertation and Practice by Nicholas R. Werse, Sandi Cooper, Jessica Padrón Meehan, and Laila Y. Sanguras

Chapter 13. The Dissertation in Practice and the Responsible Conduct of Research by Carla Thompson and Joan Nkansah  

About the Authors


NOTE: Table of Contents subject to change up until publication date.

Christopher Benedetti

Christopher Benedetti, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he teaches research methods and dissertation writing courses in the Doctor of Education program. His research interests include K-12 school leader behaviors and dispositions, equitable K-12 school leader preparation and development, and innovative research methodologies. Dr. Benedetti has presented, both nationally and internationally, and published on a variety of topics, including leader preparation and succession, teacher burnout and satisfaction, college student ethics, research methods, and adult learning in online and virtually simulated settings. He also co-edited the book, Sports and K-12 Education. He is a former middle school language arts teacher, basketball coach, and elementary school principal.

Amanda Covarrubias

Amanda Covarrubias was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas. Growing up, her mother emphasized the importance of education. It was this core value that motivated Amanda’s educational career. She moved to Kingsville, Texas to attend college, obtaining both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Amanda currently resides in South Texas with her husband, Jeremy, and two children Hurley and Priscilla, with another on the way. She works as an elementary teacher and is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Amanda is interested in continuing her research by focusing on K-12 education topics and how to better serve students.

Applied research methods; action research; improvement science; teaching research methods; critical inquiry; teaching critical inquiry; dissertation in practice; scholar-practitioners; education doctorate program improvement