I’m just wondering, can a PhD in education be about building something? If not, is there another field where a PhD is about building things? Creating things that were not there before? Rather than about analyzing things that already exist?
I guess I’m just trying to explore the different ideas, and trying to figure out my paradigms. I am a designer, and was drawn to design-based research because I like building things. The focus, in theory anyways, is on the creation of something through iterations. However, I found that I was pushed always to answer the questions about what variables I was measuring? What was I trying to analyze? There was always a difficulty with the act of creating something new.
Part of my problem was in program fit – but I still wonder – if part of it is in field fit. I wonder if the PhD is the right thing for me – because I want a large part of my dissertation to be about creating something new, not looking at nuances behind it. I don’t want to dismiss the creation as the bi-product of the data collection, rather I want to highlight the creation as the value in the research process itself.
What do you think? Can and education PhD be about creating something?