Education is a broad term but it generally refers to the process of learning and acquiring information, which can be either through formal learning like in schools or universities or through informal learning like the kind we get in “life experiences.” Countries around the world place a high value on education, particularly the formal kind, as it is widely believed that it makes people more productive and better contributors to society. As public policy, debates about education range from issues of curriculum design and implementation, allocation of money and resources, labor disputes between administrators and teachers, and education’s role in addressing racial and gender discrimination.
Research an educational issue from the perspective of a researcher in your own major field. For example, a major in sociology might investigate how a certain educational policy could affect society. A psychology major could examine a particular role of psychologists in education. A computer scientist might research how computers or online classes are changing the face of education. A history major could present an historical look at an educational issue. A business or economics major could examine the way an educational institutional could be made on the business model. A political science or world cultures major could compare different education systems. An art major could look at the importance of art as part of the general requirements in an education system.
An additional option would be that any major could also look at how his or her own major views education within that discipline, like how their own major should be taught. For example, a major in engineering could look at how people in that discipline view the way the new generation of engineers should be taught or trained, or a business major might discuss the issue of whether business ethics should play a bigger role in MBA programs.
Your research may result in an argumentative essay depending on your topic, but it does not have to. Instead, you may focus on informing your reader about a relatively unknown aspect of the education debate and its significance.
The goal of your essay is to inform your readers (your classmates) about one way that your field is connected to education or an educational issue that you choose to focus on. This essay will require you to conduct library research and acknowledge sources using the MLA or APA research format.
You will need to provide background information or context for the educational topic you have chosen. You will also need to present and integrate research on this topic and its connection to your field of study. You may include class readings among your sources. You will need to develop a thesis that is supportable with your research.
You must use a minimum of five sources by the final draft. The final draft will include an abstract and an annotated bibliography and be submitted on turnitin.com.
|Page Limits:||8-10 pages, not including the abstract, works cited or annotated bibliography|