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Stuck with Dissertation ideas

Discussion in 'Primary' started by kennykoalabear, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. kennykoalabear

    kennykoalabear New commenter

    Hi I'm half way through my BA primary education course and we now have to decide on a dissertation title and I don't know what to do. I am certain I want it to be English based and have loads of ideas, I just can't decide.
    I am going to Peru to teach in the summer and so it would be interesting to compare the learning of reading of Peruvian children with EAL children in the UK, however, the contexts would not really be comparable so I'm a bit stuck.
    I would love to investigate what makes reading scheme books effective for teaching children to read such as systematic phonics and contextual cues and/ or look at the attitudes of children towards reading schemes, such as whether they enjoyed reading books from reading schemes or whether they were just trying to go through all the books and levels.
    I would also like to investigate children’s transition from the foundation stage to key stage one and their attitudes towards the increased amount of writing.
    The issue of the new phonics test is also interesting, I would like to look at the views of parents, teachers and children of reading pseudo words and the phonics test. Alternatively, I could just look at whether children learning pseudo words is the most effective way to test phonic ability.
    What do any teachers think would be the best idea?
    Sorry for the very long post. Any other ideas would be very much appreciated.
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I think they are all good ideas, as long as you approach them in the right way. You don't want to end up with a subject that is very broad, making it difficult to come to a conclusion. When I was studying, we were asked to come up with a question for our dissertation title, as that helped you to narrow down the focus of your research and structure your writing and conclusion.

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