Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 407–421 | Cite as

Preparing Ed.D. Students to Conduct Group Dissertations

  • Tricia Browne-Ferrigno
  • Jane McEldowney Jensen


In this article we present an overview of a recently launched cohort-based Ed.D. program that prepares participants to conduct group dissertations. The program, a hybrid model of online learning activities and monthly face-to-face class sessions, is delivered through a partnership between a university’s college of education and the administrative office of a statewide system of community and technical colleges. Discussion begins with a review of the pedagogical rationale that informed program design and instructional practices, followed by a presentation of key program elements tracing the development of the cohort through an innovative, collaborative dissertation process still in progress.

Key words

Doctoral dissertation Companion dissertation Education doctorate Cohort Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tricia Browne-Ferrigno
    • 1
  • Jane McEldowney Jensen
    • 2
  1. 1.Educational Leadership StudiesUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Educational Policy Studies and EvaluationUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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