Ph.D. in Education
Educational Policy & Social Context (EPSC)
The Educational Policy and Social Context area seeks to understand and develop policies and practices aimed at promoting learning and the developmental well-being of children, youth and adults. Policy and social contexts include schools, families and communities. Adopting an interdisciplinary research perspective by drawing from economics, sociology, developmental psychology, and anthropology, EPSC faculty and students use a range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches to understand impacts of existing policies, to design and evaluate new policy and intervention models, and to understand the relationship between policy making and implementation. With a commitment to promoting social mobility for disadvantaged populations, faculty engage with diverse communities to understand how local, state and national policy can best achieve that goal.
Common features of our early childhood education, K-12 education and higher education specializations:
All five of our education policy specializations focus on policies intended to promote learning and development, particularly among disadvantaged populations. Work in all five policy areas shares a number of common features: rigorous methodological approaches used to understand policy impacts and variation in those impacts; where possible, mixed method designs combining qualitative and quantitative methods; a focus on promoting achievement and other positive developmental outcomes among children and youth.
early childhood development and policy
policy in k-12 education
policy in higher education
program measurement and evaluation
policy, culture, and institutions