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Research Paper Topics in Education Law and Policy

Education can be a surprisingly contentious area for the development of law and policy. While many of the most pivotal cases, such as Brown v. Board of Education that ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional, have long been accepted as common practice, federal education policies, such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the Common Core curriculum, have fierce debates between proponents and critics.

There are many available topics on education law. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

There are many available topics on education law. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

If you are looking for research paper topics in education law and policy, you could consider looking into the division between federal and state legislation, historic rulings that have changed education law or the role of standardized testing, as well as the debates on at what grade levels testing is most appropriate, and how much importance testing should be given when allowing schools to receive government funding. Read more

The Story of Black Colleges as Research Paper Topics

The documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities focuses on the impact these schools have had on the culture, history and identity of African Americans in the United States.

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Discover more on the history of black colleges. (Credit: YouTube)

Research paper topics spurred on by the film could focus on how these higher education opportunities came to be in the first place or if their role changed with affirmative action. Read more

Ethics in Higher Education Research Paper Topics

Colleges and universities are as susceptible to questionable ethics as any other business or organization.

Discuss the issue of ethics in education in your research paper. (Credit: Ethics in Education)

Discuss the issue of ethics in education in your research paper. (Credit: Ethics in Education)

Here are some research paper topics on ethics in higher education, a code of ethics for teachers, fixing corruption and establishing ethical standards in college and the ethics of big data. Read more

Educational Standards and Controversy With Common Core

Educational standards in the United States, especially the often controversial Common Core State Standards, provides many interesting research paper topics.

Discuss educational standards in your research paper. (Credit: MHSLMC)

Discuss educational standards in your research paper. (Credit: MHSLMC)

Here are some ideas for Common Core standards, importance of standards, GED equivalency, and the politics of educational standards. Read more

Research paper topics on education theory

Educational theories pertain to the goal, application, and interpretation of educational practices and methods of learning. Educational theorists have conducted research into various teaching methods to improve success.

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Learn more about different types of educational theory. (Credit: Berkeley.edu)

Here are some research paper topics for training teachers in education theory, using the “bare wall” theory in kindergarten classrooms, and encouraging nurse educators to use evidence-based teaching. Read more

Research paper ideas—Is a liberal arts education a good value?

Even before the Great Recession concentrated the country’s focus on under-employment, multiple media outlets were declaring that a liberal arts education was no longer a good value in the world of higher education in terms of employment. But is that true?

How valuable do you think a liberal arts degree is? (Credit: Odyssey)

How valuable do you think a liberal arts degree is? (Credit: Odyssey)

The debate is ongoing and offers many ideas to pursue in a research paper, such as does a liberal arts degree make a person more well-rounded, or keep them from obtaining necessary job skills? Read more

Explore science education for your research paper

Among the 40 most advanced countries, the U.S. ranks at 38 for science graduates. Figures from 2012 indicted that the number of undergraduates earning STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math) was only 16 percent. As the pace of scientific research accelerates it’s important for all students to understand the link between science and public policy issues such as climate change that impact our lives.

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Learn more about the importance of science education. (Credit: Battelle)

With so much at stake, it could be an ideal time to take on science education for your next research paper topic. Read more

Research topic: The school of the future

During the second week of September, PBS Nova took a look at education in the age of information with The School of the Future. The program examines why U.S. test scores rank lower than many other countries despite the widespread use of technology in the classroom.

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

It also asks how the latest educational research can help us fix education in America and which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds. This two-hour documentary will take viewers from the laboratory to the classroom to see what is helping to make a difference. Read more