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Webinar: Critiquing the Connections to CPED Principles - A Critical Approach to Improvement Science
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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Webinar - Critiquing the Connections to CPED Principles:
A Critical Approach to Improvement Science


Date: Wednesday, November 17th
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

This webinar presents the Critical Improvement Science framework as a tool for programs focused on social justice and equity that are currently struggling to apply the IS framework to critical problems in educational organizations.

Improvement Science (IS) has been developed as a pragmatic framework to fix problems in education and is increasingly popular in EdD programs, yet we question the application of this often positivist and generally atheoretical framework, while also valuing the role of theory and the value of multiple ways of knowing in research. To better align these somewhat competing priorities, we have developed a Critical IS framework that is theory-driven and promotes the leadership of inclusive and collaborative communities to identify problems of practice within nested systems and power structures, critique differences in the quality and quantity of educational experiences, engage disciplined and authentic inquiry, and apply multiple critical frames to develop meaningful solutions.

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Sarah L. Ferguson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of quantitative methods at Rowan University. As an applied methodologist in education research, she focuses on the application of advanced research methods and statistics approaches to issues in education. Prior to coming to Rowan University, Dr. Ferguson was a certified teacher in the state of Texas with certifications in Elementary Education, Middle School Science, and High School Science. Her current research focuses on two areas: the education and utilization of quality research methods and analyses, and supporting the career development pathway for individuals from high school to career in STEM fields.

Monica Reid Kerrigan, Ed.D., is a professor in the Educational Services and Leadership Department at Rowan University, where she teaches courses on educational policy, community colleges, and research methods in the Educational Leadership EdD and the PhD in Education programs. She also serves as the coordinator of the Community College Leadership Initiative (CCLI). Her research interests include institutional structures and public policies that influence the transition of marginalized students into and through higher education—particularly community colleges. She also explores the methods that support research on students’ access to and success in postsecondary education. 

Ane Turner Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of educational leadership at Rowan University in New Jersey. She conducts research on African higher education, with a focus on governance and policymaking. Her most recent work centers on the incorporation of Indigenous communities and their knowledge into university policy and practice for sustainable development. She teaches research methods and higher education in the Ed.D. program in educational leadership.

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