Proposal Assignment Instructions

Topic Proposal Assignment Instructions


The purpose of theTopic Proposal Assignmentis to propose topics, guiding questions, and articles for three upcoming assignments:Annotated Bibliography Assignment, ,andHistorical Topic Analysis Assignment. TheTopic Proposal Templateservesas a planning device to scaffold the other three assignments. Instructor feedback will help the candidate ensure that plans are sufficient to move forward. As candidates select topics and develop guiding questions, they demonstrate some degree of knowledge of educational ideas of the past, consider the relevance of the topic, analyze the topic in light of their own educational philosophy, and begin to develop a critical analysis of their topics.



In theTopic Proposal Assignment, you will select topics, construct guiding questions, and begin choosing journal articles for three upcoming assignments:

Annotated Bibliography Assignment (Module 3: Week 3)

Philosopher Analysis Assignment (Module 5: Week 5)

Historical Topic Analysis Assignment (Module 7: Week 7)


Template:Download theTopic Proposal Templatefor this assignment and submit your responses within the template.


Two Topics


Educational Philosopher:From Appendix A of the textbook, select one of the educational philosophers from the list. The philosopher you choose may or may not align with your own personal beliefs about education. Insert the name into the template. This will be the individual whose philosophy of education and application of that philosophy you will explore in the upcomingPhilosopher Analysis Assignment.

Historical Topic:You have a great deal of latitude in proposing a topic for theHistorical Topic Analysis Assignment, but it must be relevant to the foundations of educationphilosophically, sociologically, politically, culturally, etc. Your topic should focus more on ahistoricaleventormovementrather than on individuals. Ideally, you should consider the historical aspects of a topic you already have in mind for your upcoming dissertation or capstone project. If you do not yet have an idea for the dissertation or capstone, you may do the following to decide on a topic:

Review the table of contents and the index of the textbook.

Skim through textbook chapters to get ideas from the list of key terms, bold words, and images.

Read the Reflection questions at the end of each chapter.

Topics may be events, educational movements, laws, court decisions, trends, developments, etc. Topics may or may not be found in the textbook. Be as specific in your topic selection as possible. For instance, instead of studying something broad like medieval education, narrow it to emergence of universities in the Middle Ages or methods of teaching in medieval Scholasticism. Watch the 3-minute video onHow to Narrow a Research Topicby considering time, location, category, and issue.


Two Guiding Questions:Insert a guiding question into the template for each of your topics. Watch the 4-minute video onDeveloping a Research Question. The guiding question should be clear, focused, and concise. However, it should be complex enough that it is not answerable with a simple yes or no, but rather requires synthesis and analysis of ideas and sources prior to composition of an answer.


Two References:List a journal article reference in APA format for each topic. The article title should be relevant to the corresponding topic and guiding question.


Reference Format:You need only to list the reference with proper APA format (seeAPA Format Quick Guide), including hanging indention, proper capitalization, italicization, punctuation, etc. You need not write anything about the article. The purpose is to get you started in selecting articles and to practice APA reference format for journal articles.

Databases:Search theJerry Falwell Library Education Databasesof journals on the topic of education. You may want to begin withAcademic Search UltimateorEducation Research Complete. Ensure that the articles are from professional, academic journals. Avoid searching for articles using generic search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc.

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