Curriculum Theory

A researcher makes use of social and cultural theories (from outside of education) to critically analyze a particular question or problem relevant to teaching and learning through critical readings of past research and theory.

This work is different than a course paper. The scholarship must add to bodies of literature and not simply restate them—it must be new theory.

This study does not require IRB approval.

Faculty who could oversee this kind of project: 
Zac Casey

Research example:
The researcher uses a Marxist lens to understand the ways teacher education has been culpable in perpetuating neoliberal reforms in teaching and teacher education in the United States.

Casey, Z. A. (2013). Toward an anti-capitalist teacher education. Journal Of Educational Thought, 46(2), 123-143.