Online EdD Program Graduates’ Persistence for Engaging in Ongoing Practitioner Research
Keywords:action research, leadership, practitioner research, doctoral education
Doctoral graduates are expected to use research skills learned during their programs. The literature that speaks to this—particularly in EdD programs—is sparse. This study examined attitudes and behaviors of recent graduates of a practitioner-based program regarding their continued engagement with action research. Findings indicated that graduates believe strongly in the value of conducting action research and that many continue to do so. An identified impediment was a lack of institutional support from superiors, which is often overcome via the intrinsic satisfaction realized. Recommendations are offered for this doctoral program, as well as for practitioner-focused doctoral programs in general.