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#CPED20 October Convening
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Friday, October 16, 2020
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#CPED20 October Convening
Reimagining & Reconstructing the Dissertation in Practice

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Convening Theme

This year's theme for the #CPED20 Convening is Reimagining & Reconstructing the Dissertation in Practice: Dismantling the Hegemonic Practices of Establishing Knowledge in the Education Profession.

According to the Council of Graduate Schools Taskforce on the Professional Doctorate (2006), professional doctorates fall into two categories: those with a dissertation and those without. The degrees that have a dissertation have “no direct relationship to licensure and have a significant relationship to clinical, translational, or engaged research” (p. 12). 

Because the field of education does not have a licensure body, some product or experience is needed to demonstrate to the faculty that the student is qualified and has done the work worthy of earning the education doctorate degree. Colwill (2012) has further described professional degrees that require a dissertation as a Professional Research Doctorate, one that focuses on both research and practice, and that requires a dissertation to “investigate a particular professional topic or existing problem” (p. 13).

CPED members have strived to reframe the dissertation in their EdD programs to make it align with Colwill’s definition. As a result, CPED members have renamed the dissertation for the EdD to the Dissertation in Practice (DiP), which is a scholarly endeavor that impacts a complex problem of practice.

It is time for CPED members to recognize that the format of a bound volume mimicking a scholarly book needs to be deconstructed. The goal of the #CPED20 Convening is to collaboratively reimagine and reconstruct the Dissertation in Practice (DiP).


Update from CPED HQ - April 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the #CPED20 Convening is still scheduled for the fall. However, we are moving the convening to an online format. We will update members on what this virtual convening experience will look like soon. 

We are grateful to our colleagues at Northeastern University for their support in this transition and will miss being in Boston with all of our friends and colleagues. Still, we are delighted to have this additional time to do what CPED does best - reframe, reimagine, and redesign. If you have ideas you’d like to share, please email CPED Executive Director Jill A. Perry at [email protected].

 Call for Learning Exchange Proposals Will Be Posted Soon!


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