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Dissertation help - Primary English

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Jkearns1995, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Jkearns1995

    Jkearns1995 New commenter


    I am approaching my final year of studying Primary Education with QTS. This means I will be completing my dissertation this upcoming academic year.

    The research I will carry out will be linked to the school I do my final 12 week placement at (don't know what school/ year but most likely to be year 2,3 or 4) I want to base it on something related to Primary English as this is a subject I am passionate about. However, I don't know where to start! I have many ideas floating around my mind and I am doing continuous reading around the subject. So far I have thought about the following: How can we promote pleasure in reading, How parental involvement impacts motivation to read/ success in reading, why are boys reluctant readers? real books vs reading schemes.

    I would be really grateful if anyone has any advice/ideas/ what would you do if you could do your dissertation again? (I just know that I want to link my dissertation to a core subject. These are what I am most passionate about!)

  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    You really need to decide for yourself something as important as this as you're the one who's going to have to write and submit it.

    However one suggestion I have is which is it going to be easiest to find info/ research for? Which one will it be easiest to be able to come to some sort of conclusion?
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  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    how about the impact of the new SAT (?) reading test on the enjoyment of reading?
    that would be both important and current.

    But most important of all, choose something that you feel strongly about, much much easier to do lots of research and writing if you find it interesting.

    Whichever you choose, I would suggest noting down lot of quotes that you will overhear in school. Adults in school and at home, often make comments that discourage/compartmentalise reading without even realising it.
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  4. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    I supervise primary English dissertations. Most of them come with some vague ideas and then I help them firm them up. Your supervisor will help you with thout process in the first meeting.
    The first consideration is always is it a feature of your placement school? That restricts some. Often, the school will have a feature which is interesting - EAL, a reading intervention scheme etc. Sometimes students want to do the link between speaking and listening and reading or writing. Some interesting ones have looked at drama and the impact on imagery in boys' writing. Try not to pitch your ideas too 'big' as a dissertation is only likely to be a small case study at best and so smaller and well defined is much better than bigger with more variables.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Your placement school and university should both give you guidance and ideas, as well as support.

    The vague ideas you already have are enough for now.
    Relax and enjoy your summer.
  6. Jkearns1995

    Jkearns1995 New commenter

    Thanks so much for your help! I'm really interested in the new SAT too as my last placement was in a year 6 class at the time of the SATS! Thanks again! x
  7. Jkearns1995

    Jkearns1995 New commenter

    Thanks for all your responses!! I am lucky that my tutor specialises in English, so I know she will be a great help. I will let you know what I end up doing! Thanks x

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