Form Should Follow Function: Removing the EdD Dissertation from the PhD Straight Jacket

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Spring 2005


"The PhD format has done more to hinder than to help the EdD provide practitioners with the knowledge, skills, behaviors and dispositions needed for effective leadership in educational settings (Griffiths, Stout and Forsyth, 1988; Townsend, 2002; Murphy and Vnesenga, 2005). This is particularly evident in the standards-based performance culture expected of schools and school districts. In effect, it fails as a distinctive advanced professional practice degree."


This article was originally published in UCEA Review, volume XLVI, issue 2, in 2005.

Dr. Grogan's address begins on page 10.


University Council for Educational Administration