This assignment is to write a research paper discussing and analyzing some aspect of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and its numerous revisions and reauthorizations. This the major federal legislation regarding education and affects school funding, standards and requirements, and educational goals and objectives. Before proceeding further, you are encouraged to read “A Brief History of ESEA” available on Blackboard under Additional Course Resources.
Before proceeding to selecting a topic, you should become familiar with the history and scope of federal involvement in education. There are many sources of information, but you may want to begin by reading some of the material in the course reserve (accessible through Blackboard) that are assigned for the course:
Bloomfield, D. C., & Cooper, B. S. (2003). NCLB: A new role for the federal government: An overview of the most sweeping federal education law since 1965. THE Journal (Technological Horizons in Education), 30(10), S6.
Cross, C. (2005). The Evolving Role of the Federal Government in Education. NES Publications.
Labaree, D. F. (1997). Public goods, private goods: The American struggle over educational goals. American Educational Research Journal, 34(1). (39-81).
Resnick, M. A. (2004). Public Education—An American Imperative: Why Public Schools Are Vital to the Well-being of Our Nation. National School Boards Association.
Rury, J. L. (2012). Education and social change: Contours in the history of American schooling. Routledge. “A Nation at Risk”, 215-218.
These readings can be especially helpful to provide an overview of the history, significance and challenges related to the federal role in education.
Structure and Purpose of Research Papers
Typically, research papers have three components:
· A clear, well developed thesis (or focus) that describes and analyzes a particular point of view that is based on scholarly research and evidence. Keep in mind that having a narrow, well defined topic will contribute significantly to your success. It may be useful to “brainstorm” with your discussion group about selecting a topic.
· A comprehensive review of data and published research that presents a balanced and objective assessment of issues.
· A critical appraisal of the research that leads to a well-stated, well-reasoned assessment and conclusion.
If you have not written a research paper before, of if you have limited experience in doing so, you should read “How to Write a Research Paper” available on Blackboard under Additional Course Resources. The website https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/658/01/, from which the handout was obtained, has very useful information about writing research papers.
Organization of the Completed Research Paper
|Guidelines for Organizing the Research Paper
||Describe why the issues raised in the case study are important and significant and who is likely to be affected by an analysis of the issues.
||Provide detailed information in a clear and objective narrative that is written in the third person. Provide examples to back up your statements Make sure there are clear transitions. Do not evaluate actions or state your opinions.
|Review of Literature
||Provide an analysis and assessment of what happened, why it happened, and what its impact has been (or will be). State your conclusions in the third person (e.g., the author, the researcher, the case writer).
||In the final section, you may state your opinions using the first person, but your statements should be based on the evidence and ideas presented in the narrative
||Include all sources consulted and cited in writing the research paper. All citations must be in standard APA format
· Students are strongly encouraged to submit a draft of the research paper by Mon, Oct 30 so they can receive feedback from the instructor.
· The completed research paper is due Sun, Nov 12.