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Category: Dean’s Corner
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By Michael Berger, EdD
Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Welcome to Scholarship Spotlight! In this feature, we highlight dissertations, scholarly articles and presentations from learners in the College of Doctoral Studies. We have another dissertation from one of our alumni, Dru Barisich, a graduate of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in organizational leadership program.

It can be easy to find a mentorship relationship when you are young and still a student. Mentorship relationships can take many forms: professor to student, church leader to church member and even older person to younger person.

But what happens when a student becomes a teacher?

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By Michael Berger, EdD
Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Welcome to our first Scholarship Spotlight! Our Scholarship Spotlights highlight dissertations, scholarly articles and presentations from learners in Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies.

We are going to start with a dissertation from one of our alumni, James Taylor. Dr. Taylor graduated from GCU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in organizational leadership program.

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By Michael Berger, EdD
Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

In a previous post, I discussed how there are two major categories that can be used to compare and contrast the doctoral degree programs at GCU: degree type and degree content.

I described how GCU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) degree isn’t a doctorate IN education. It does not cover education content the way a Master of Education (MEd) program does. There are not classes on pedagogy, classroom management, educational policy, curriculum and instruction, etc.

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