Where Do Topics Come From?

Marina Gair


This assignment, one of several leading to a final student research paper, is designed to provide emerging qualitative researchers with graduated support in developing a research topic. The aim of this and subsequent, cumulative assignments is to “unpack,” “chunk,” or break down the research process into manageable parts. In doing so, an instructor is able to scaffold instruction and in the process conduct both diagnostic and formative assessments and modify instruction in the best interest of students. The assignment is embedded in several undergraduate and graduate-level teacher education courses including Assessment and Evaluation, Action Research, Educational Psychology, and Honors Programs wherein senior theses are required for graduation. 


qualitative research, global questions, scaffolding the process

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