QE Questions

Question 1: Theoretical Traditions and Frameworks

How does a substantive theoretical framework or a broad philosophical paradigm inform a significant educational issue?

Focusing on a significant issue in education, write a paper that engages with a theory that provides a foundation or framework for your thinking about the issue.

Address the following:

  • Describe the foundations/origins/history of the theory using major authors and their contributions to the theory
  • Explain the key principles and assumptions of the theory
  • Critique the theory in relation to educational inquiry 
  • Evaluate the theory’s implications for serving as a framework or foundation for understanding and analyzing a research topic

 Question 2: The Research/Policy Literature

 What is the historical and current body of scholarship that surrounds a significant issue in education?

 Focusing on a significant issue in education, review the relevant research or policy literature. Prepare a review of the research design and methods that synthesizes, critiques, and evaluates the historical and current trends in the field.

 Address the following:

  • Describe the broad context (legal/political/institutional) of the issue
  • Synthesize the major trends, findings, and debates in the historical/contemporary scholarship
  • Critique the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the body of scholarship
  • Analyze how the scholarship frames and shapes the issue for educational practitioners, with particular concern for social justice. Provide suggestions and implications for future inquiry

 Question 3a: Methodological Review (Broad Review)

 What are the historical and current research methodologies used to produce knowledge about a significant issue in education?

 Focusing on a significant issue in education, review the relevant research or policy literature. Prepare a review of research design and methods that synthesizes, critiques, and evaluates the historical and current trends in the field.

 Address the following:

  • Synthesize the major methodological trends in the historical/contemporary scholarship
  • Compare and critique research questions and knowledge claims connected to key methodologies
  • Critique methodological strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the body of scholarship (e.g., What’s missing?)
  • Analyze methodological opportunities for future research in the field

 Question 3b: Methodological Review (Deep Review)

 How does a particular methodology inform (or have potential for informing) a significant educational issue?

 Focusing on a particular methodology, write a paper that provides a foundation or framework for producing knowledge about an issue in relation to research questions/goals.

 Address the following:

  • Describe the foundations/origins/history of the methodology, using major authors and their contributions to the methodology. 
  • Explain the key principles, assumptions, analytical tasks, and theoretical tenets of the methodology (e.g., purposes, procedures, methods, subjectivity, validity, reliability, generalizability) [specific to qualitative work: subject, data, voice, narrative, meaning making]
  • Synthesize and critique the use of the methodology for knowledge production in education inquiry
  • Evaluate the methodology’s implications for producing knowledge connected to the significant issue in education that was researched for question 1 or 2 (e.g., What gap might this fill?)