Primary to higher ed: Education research paper topics

Is a career in education right for you? (Credit: Filip Pticek)

Is a career in education right for you? (Credit: Filip Pticek)

Future teachers and education administrators pay attention, I have education news for you. If you need research paper topics for a paper on any topic from primary to higher education take a look at these ideas and resources. There are many resources to help you create teaching strategies as well as sites that provide education research information for your research papers. Let’s take a look.

Help with research papers

Questia should be your first stop when you are working on research papers for your courses. Not only will you find a wealth of credible resources, you’ll also find tutorials on how to research, cite and write your papers.

When the subject is related to education and instruction, try a keyword search on topics such as:

  • Education standards
  • Learning styles and theories
  • Educational theories
  • Educational technology
  • Higher and adult education

This kind of search will produce resources such as the book, “Charter Schools: Hope or Hype?” by Jack Buckley and Mark Schneider. Charter schools have become popular in recent years because many parents see them as a preferred alternative to public schools. Buckley and Schneider explore the evolution of charter schools and how they compare to public schools in terms of instruction, outcomes and civic education of students.

According to the authors, “Compared to the traditional public schools, charter schools do a superior job of educating their students in civic skills and getting them to volunteer and to participate in their community. In this respect, then, charter schools appear to perform like private and parochial schools.”

Education keywords

Several topics are trending now in the areas of instruction and education. These topics include:

  • Common core
  • Game-based learning
  • School retention
  • Technology in the classroom
  • The flipped classroom

A good way to research these trending topics in education is by reading blogs. There are plenty to choose from.

Some of the most popular blogs include:

  • The Curriculum Corner: Administered by two teachers, this blog focuses on resources related to meeting Common Core Standards.
  • ProfHacker: Part of the Chronicle of Higher Education, this blog includes a number of articles on how to integrate technology into the classroom.
  • The Daily Riff: This education news curation site calls itself the “provocateur, muse, catalyst and game changer,” for the education community.

Considering the increasing amount of education that happens online, another blog worth a look is The Rapid E-Learning Blog,” which focuses on the design, creation and use of computer-based and online courses.

In an April 15, 2014, post, “Instructional Design Challenges for Today’s Course Designer,” blog author Tom Kuhlmann explained the role of the designer.

Noting that learners will learn through the use of many resources, Kuhlmann said, “Technology has empowered people to find information and connect with others to learn in all sorts of ways. Let’s embrace that and leverage this to craft more efficient and effective instructional design.”

Education resources from the government

Make use of your tax dollars by taking advantage of education resources provided by your state and federal governments. Your first stop might be to your state department of education website. Just conduct a Google search using the keywords: “site: gov” and “education.” By the way, you don’t need to add the quotation marks when you search.

Federal government education sites include:

  • The U.S. Department of Education web site []: You’ll find resources for teachers, and an exploration of topics such as preschool-12 reform and college affordability.
  • []: You’ll find data sets, apps, resources for the classroom and more.
  • National Center for Education Statistics: []: This site produces reports from surveys and information about news and events.

The NCES site includes a section called, “Fast Facts” where you can find “…concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning. Fast Facts draw from various published sources and are updated as new data become available.”

Other Education Resources

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

  • The American Educational Research Association (AERA): This site contains links to educational research studies, professional development, policy and advocacy.
  • SRI International: The company site includes an area focusing on education and learning.
  • The Rand Corporation: Here you’ll find research projects that include many within education and the arts.
  • Inside Higher Ed: This site publishes news and information on higher ed issues.
  • Education Week: Timely 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.

2 replies
  1. haftu says:

    hey there am making ma MA thesis on how students are taught to write . so i want you to help me with the research questions.
    thank you in advance.


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