Engaging in the Battle of the Snails by Challenging the Traditional Dissertation Model

  • Brianna L. Kennedy University of Florida/Utrecht University
  • Miriam Altman
  • Ana Pizano
Keywords: practitioner scholarship, doctoral education, dissertation in practice, co-authorship, constructionist epistemologies

Abstract

Tensions arise with regard to appropriate research preparation and dissertation experiences for students who have as a career goal the conducting of context-based research to solve problems of practice (Hochbein & Perry, 2013; Shulman, Golde, Conklin Bueschel, & Garabedian, 2006). Schön (1995) describes “technical rationality[,] the prevailing epistemology built into the research university” (p. 27), as a primary impediment to programs that attempt to develop practitioner scholars. In this paper, we define technical rationality and explore the epistemological challenges it presents to faculty.  Next, we describe a critical incident illustrating how conflicting epistemologies between programs and graduate schools impact students and faculty. Finally, we make recommendations for policies and practices that could better support doctoral work conducted from a range of epistemological approaches. 

Published
2018-03-15
How to Cite
Kennedy, B. L., Altman, M., & Pizano, A. (2018). Engaging in the Battle of the Snails by Challenging the Traditional Dissertation Model. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ie.2018.27
Section
Research Articles