The Mission of Educational Policy Studies
The Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison contributes scholarship and teaching intended to deepen and expand understandings of educational policy and practice, past and present, at local, national, and international levels. The department’s faculty and students examine educational policies, movements, outcomes, dilemmas, and controversies--as well as the forces shaping them--using modes of inquiry associated with an array of scholarly fields and disciplines. These include history, sociology, anthropology, political economy, philosophy, policy analysis, and international comparative education. We strive to realize these purposes through excellence in four domains:
- Undergraduate instruction and discussion that promotes critical and creative thinking and engagement with both contemporary and enduring issues of educational policy and practice, helping to prepare students for engagement in a variety of educational settings (including as future teachers, researchers, parents, community members, volunteers, etc).
- Graduate programs that provide students with advanced knowledge and competencies needed to interpret educational realities, policies, and challenges, to conduct educational research, and to serve as future faculty and scholars of educational policy and practice.
- Research conducted by faculty that utilizes disciplinary approaches to interpret, explain, and analyze the local, state, national, and international contours of educational policy and practice, past and present.
- Service to the university, community, state, nation, and globe, across public and private domains.
Our departmental efforts are guided by the conviction that as a diverse community of faculty and students committed to furthering social justice visions of education, we honor the intellectual and moral ideals of the School of Education and the University, and more effectively achieve educational and scholarly aspirations.