Questia Reading Room: Recognize National Aviation History Month

During the month of November we recognize National Aviation History Month and its dedication to explore and celebrate America’s great contributions and achievements in the development of aviation.

Learn more about aviation and its history. (Credit: WLpapers)

Learn more about aviation and its history. (Credit: WLpapers)

Read more on the history of aviation here – FREE for the next month. 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.

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

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 paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Research paper topics: Twitter and the presidential debate

U.S. presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been squaring off on Twitter since June. But Twitter played an additional role in the recent conversation between the two candidates by livestreaming the presidential debate on September 26, 2016. The debate had over 84 million viewers across the 13 networks carrying it live, according to a Nielsen tally, but for viewers who have cut the cable and only have Internet, Twitter and Facebook provided an additional arena for watching the debate.

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Twitter has had a continuing impact on news reporting and politics since the social media platform debuted in 2006. How the impact of Twitter has grown and changed, how the most recent U.S. presidential candidates are using it in the current election cycle or how President Obama became known as the first “meme president” could all be interesting research paper topics for your politics or journalism classes. 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

Research paper topics on experiment replication in science

The scientific method has been around for more than 400 years as a means of testing and verifying hypotheses. Scientific study is about testing and retesting to ensure that the results are right. Recent looks at experiment replication in science have shown that many studies aren’t standing up to retesting.

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Learn more about experiment replication for your research paper. (Credit: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP/Getty Images)

Research paper topics could examine this phenomenon and why it is troubling to so many in various scientific fields, or the history and importance of the scientific method. Read more

Hackers and the U.S. election: Cyber terrorism research paper topics

Controversy surrounding the upcoming U.S. election is nothing new, even with it still being months away. However the latest news isn’t about the candidates but about hackers and cyber terrorism.

Find out more about the U.S. election and cyber terrorism. (Credit: Activist Post)

Find out more about the U.S. election and cyber terrorism. (Credit: Activist Post)

What are some of the research paper topics in the political science and computer science worlds to explore on this area? Read more

Economics research topics on climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign

Interesting research paper topics on the economy are to discuss economic development on the national and regional level. Current events economics, influenced by climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign, for example, can all affect national and regional economics.

Learn more about economics on a national and regional level. (Credit: The National Herald)

Learn more about economics on a national and regional level. (Credit: The National Herald)

Here are some term paper topics you might want to explore. Read more

The fight against Dakota Access Pipeline as your research topic

Members of the Sioux Nation are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is proposed to be built within a mile of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The pipeline would pass beneath the Missouri River, the water supply for the Native Americans that live on the reservation.

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This is not the first time controversy has erupted over a pipeline in the Dakotas. One research topic could look at past pipeline disasters in the U.S. or abroad. Read more

Education research paper topics on testing and assessment

There are many forms of assessment used in education to measure the skills of students. For testing to be useful it must meet standards of reliability and validity, two concepts that ensure avoidance of bias or distortion. Used correctly, testing can raise standards, increase accountability, and shape curriculum development and teaching for the better.

Learn more about testing and assessment for your research paper. (Credit: Faculty Focus)

Learn more about testing and assessment for your research paper. (Credit: Faculty Focus)

But there is also disagreement and even criticism about why assessments are given and how the data gathered will be used. How assessment methods are applied and the criticism of those methods are just two approaches to education research paper topics. Read more