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Answered By: Kim Read
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2015     Views: 135

Hi,

There are a few things to think about when picking a topic for EDGR 601 and your next course, either 698, 696, or 699:

1. Choose something you're truly interested in or curious about. That interest will motivate you during these next two courses.

2. Many students choose a topic that directly relates to their work, but you don't have to. For example, even though you're not in the classroom right now, it's fine to choose a topic that is classroom-related.

3. If you're doing action research, you'll want to keep in mind that you'll be designing an intervention that could be tested out in the work environment. For example, if someone was interested in reading comprehension, they might start 601 researching strategies used for reading comprehension, then focus on one particular strategy. In action research EDGR 698, they then might design an action research study that used small group literary circles to see what effect they have on reading comprehension. In this way, the focus is on something you can do as the teacher/educator/practitioner. Keep in mind you don't actually conduct action research, although you would be prepared to do that if you chose to after graduation.

4. It is sometimes helpful to look at the exemplars from past projects. You can find exemplars for literature reviews, action research projects, and theses on this page: http://libguides.cu-portland.edu/medonline/capstone

If you want to discuss topic ideas, feel free to respond here or discuss with your instructor.

Good luck!

 

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