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What are some good topics for research in the classroom or educational field? What are some good topics for research in the classroom or educational field?

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I would add that if you intend to do this project again, ask THIS YEAR's students what would have helped them with this assignment.  What could YOU have done differently? What would THEY have done differently?  What would they have found helpful?  Have them look at the assignment sheet and find out what was confusing.  Have them tell you what worked--directions, topics, time, anything they found that worked well for them.  This can be a real eye opener and the approach must be that you and the students are working together to improve a necessary assignment.

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I have always been and continued to be fascinated by research in the field of behavior modification.  I think it is one of the most relevant studies for classroom teachers, as it is an immediate issue they will face on a daily basis.  Studying different psychological ideas and then putting these ideas into practice results in research that is immediately applicable, and very often, positively profitable.

I'm always thinking about ways to become a more effective teacher.  Though my lesson plans change and adapt, I very often find a niche that tends to work consistently.  Behavior problems, however, are always changing.  The dynamics of classroom personalities vs. my personality, the challenge of challenging students, and the desire to create a healthy learning environment keep me always interested in the psychology of behavior and education.

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I agree that it's important to pick a research topic that's important to you.  I find that it's helpful to walk around my school (physically or mentally) as though I'm a new teacher or student.  What seems to work? More importantly, what doesn't seem to work.  This is always a good starting point for me to begin research.  I also reflect on my days in school.  Do I remember what really bugged me?  How could I make it better for today's students?  The process of just opening your mind and looking for solutions will help you to back track to a research question.  You have a great opportunity to look outside the box, and maybe end of with results that will improve the education process.  Good Luck!

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Choose something that is meaningful to you.  Think of your experience in school as a student or from a teacher's perspective.  What has always bothered you?  Have you always questioned why things are done a certain way?  Is there anything you feel can be improved?  Choose something you're passionate about.

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I actually taught a course based on Educational Research where the students as part of their study to become teachers had to conduct a small scale research project. They always came up with really fascinating ideas. Here are a few:

1) Does listening to music whilst taking tests improve scores?

2) What is the impact of publishing results of work to the entire class? Does it help students to improve?

3) Does the layout of a classroom...

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What are some good topics to research about ESL?

muinteoir58 | Student

I would like to do some research on what is the best time of the year to administer the standardised tests in numeracy and literacy. Traditionally, we do these towards the end of May, perhaps into early June; hoping to leave as much term time as possible for teachers to cover the courses without getting too near to the holiday time when we risk kids 'losing focus'. But I know there is the option of administering the tests in the Autumn, say after the first few weeks of term when everyone has had a chance to settle in and has gotten into a good routine of work.

thewanderlust878 | Student

I think that there are many different topics that you can do research on for a classroom or in most any educational field. Once you determine a field of study (science, language, social studies, etc), then you can determine a focus. I suggest keeping the topics age appropriate. For example, younger students might be more interested in researching something about recycling or animals while older students could relate more to things such as teen pregnancies and the war on drugs. 

Hope this helps!

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gopikrishna | Student

Do students in poorer school buildings have lower achievement scores than those in better buildings?

• Do students in better equipped classrooms have better achievement scores than those in less well-equipped classrooms?

• Do students in schools where the teachers have better teacher housing have higher achievement than students in schools where teachers have poorer teacher housing?

• Do male students do better than female students in the scientific/technical subject areas

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