RE: [xmca] Degree Program's for advanced scholars

From: Peter Smagorinsky (
Date: Sat Mar 17 2007 - 04:41:35 PST

In my unit, I'm not aware of anyone who's bypassed the coursework and gone
straight to thesis. And I agree with the policy, because I believe the
courses are valuable. We do have a relatively low number of required
courses--mainly, 4 research courses of some kind. These may include research
apprenticeships with individual faculty members, which we also require of
each doctoral student.


Peter Smagorinsky
The University of Georgia
Department of Language and Literacy Education
125 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7123 /fax:706-542-4509/phone:706-542-4507/

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Mike Cole
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 5:27 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [xmca] Degree Program's for advanced scholars

Dear Colleagues--

I have had a few inquiries from people who have had bachelor's degrees for
some time or masters degrees in some relevant field who are interested in
finding a grad program (in education, psychology, communication, sociology
-- the range of disiplines spanned by CHAT approaches) that would not make
them go back to square one but would count their social capital and allow
them to get a phd by writing a thesis and perhaps doing minimal additional

UCSD is very up tight about such arrangements, but how uptight differs by
department. I am wondering what the range of options is out there in
XMCA-land. Are university departments in other countries perhaps different
in this way than the US? (Canada? Great Britain? Denmark?

Could you post your answer to xmca? I am pretty sure the concern is not
entirely parochial.
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