Issues in education: Research paper topics for your education research paper

Rows and rows of books to help contribute in researching topics.

Rows and rows of books to help contribute in researching topics.

If a career in teaching is in your future you may be interested in research paper topics about the current issues in education. There is no lack of education-related topics from which to choose. Whether you’re interested in technology, psychology, history or the new standards in testing, you’ll be able to tailor your research paper in the direction of your choice. Here are a few ideas and sources to get you started on your education research paper.

Research paper topics

A good place to start sorting out your options for research paper topics is at Questia. As the Internet’s largest online library of full-text books and articles, you’ll find thousands, if not millions of sources from which to choose. But what you’ll really like about Questia is the research tools that help you to organize your sources, cite sources and write your paper.

To get an idea of how a membership in Questia can save you hours of work, check out the free one-day trial.

Once you’re on board browse the library and check out education topics that include:

  • education standards
  • learning styles and theories
  • educational theories
  • educational technology
  • higher and adult education

This is just the beginning. Each topic branches out into thousands of full-text sources. For example, follow the topic of educational technology and you’ll find resources such as the book, It’s Elementary! Integrating Technology in the Primary Grades, by Boni Hamilton.

In defining the term, integration, Hamilton explained, “Integration is when classroom teachers use technology to introduce, reinforce, extend, enrich, assess, and remediate student mastery of curricular targets.”

Issues in education

Current issues in education range from concerns about low rankings of U.S. students compared to other developed nations to the use of technologies in education. One organization that tracks a wide range of education technology issues is Educause. Its mission is to help those in education who lead, manage and shape strategic IT decisions. You’ll find summaries and links to current research in the use of technologies such as mobile learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at Educause.

An example of current research is discussed in an August 23, 2013 post by Nancy Millichap titled, “Trending Now: Recent News in the Postsecondary World of Next Generation Learning.”

In her article, Millichap briefly described new reports that showed how well minority groups were doing in terms of college entry and completion. “The two reports, one from the Education Trust and the other from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, both draw primarily on IPEDS data (IPEDS is an annual survey of higher education institutions conducted by the federal government),” Millichap said.

Education blogs

If you like to keep up on current trends, get creative ideas and engage in lively discussion, then check out education blogs. There are hundreds from which to choose. A good place to start looking for blogs to add to your list of favorites is the January 17, 2013 post for TeachThought.com titled, “52 Education Blogs You Should Follow.”

In this post, the TeachThought staff have compiled a list of education blogs that spans all interests and categories including:

  • The Daily Riff: curates news and opinion
  • The Tech Savvy Educator: the focus is on technology integration in the classroom
  • Best of Education Blog: hosted by the National Education Policy Center; covers education issues

According to TeachThought, you should be following education blogs, “Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation.”

Other Education Resources

Other resources to help you with your next education research paper project include:

  • The U.S. Department of Education web site
  • The American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • SRI International: the company site includes an area focusing on education and learning
  • The Rand Corporation: research projects include many within education and the arts
  • Inside Higher Ed: news and information on higher education issues
  • Education Week: reports, news and discussion on a wide range of topics

What’s your favorite education-related topic? Explore more education topics at Questia where you’ll find millions of full-text books and articles.

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