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RESEARCH TOPICS

What is the relationship between education and identity?  How does higher education impact one's indentity-formation process?

What is the relationship between language, power, and knowledge?  Here think of Adrienne Rich and Gloria Anzaldúa--this type of essay would allow you to read more of the work examining this issue from a variety of lenses

Transformative Knowledge and Action

Higher education and self-actualization: Does a college education lead to a more fulfilling life as some claim?

Equity in K-12 California Schools

Kinder and the First Years of School:  Do your very early years of schooling really set you up to fail or succeed as some have suggested?

What is culturally-responsive teaching?  Why do we need it?  and If we know what it is, how do we do it?

Equity in California Community Colleges

Failing Students in Higher Education

Why "Race" and Culture Matter in Schools

Engaging the "Race" Question: Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education

The higher education achievement gap in California community colleges: What accounts for the achievement gap of historically underrepresented student populations (Latino, African American, Hmong) students?

Access to higher education for undocumented students

The Undocumented student movement in higher education:  When and how did it begin?  What is the call/what are the key issues? Who are the key players?

How Do Dream Students Succeed at Cabrillo College and beyond? or How to succeed as an undocu-student in the University OR Undocumented student success strategies

Our Dream Student Population at Cabrillo: Here you would interview students as part of your research

Dream Students in College: The emotional and psychological effects of undocu status

Higher education and critical consciousness (this would focus on the work after Freire; the whole movement he started within education)

Competing Epistemologies? College knowledge and Home or Community Knowledge; Western and nonwestern Ways of Knowing OR school knowledge vs. my home knowledge

"Is college for everyone?" or "Are too many people going to college?" Are these even the right questions to ask?  why or why not?

Why do so many community college students quit and what are the keys to community college success?  This would be a thoroughly researched recommendation essay

Becoming Multicultural; Multicultural Education; Transformative Knowledge and Action

 

STEP-BY-STEP RESEARCH ESSAY

Library Visit I

1.  What is your research topic?

2.  Background information and research questions

3.  Search for sources in the library databases

4.  Document and annotate your sources using MLA citation

5.  Revisit your topic -- write down new questions and ideas

Library Visit II

1.  Evaluating the sources you have so far

2.  Search for books using SuperSearch

3.  Search for articles using SuperSearch

4.  Document and annotate your sources using MLA citation

5.  Revisit your topic -- write down new questions and ideas

 

TOPIC MAP

Draw a circle in the middle of a blank piece of paper.  Inside the circle, put your idea for a paper topic:

Brainstorm as many questions as you can about your topic.  Try asking questions such as Why?  Who?  How?  When?  What?  Where? 

Look for broad questions that can be further divided into more narrow, specific questions.  If you run out of ideas ask a classmate for help -- what questions do they have about your topic?

Review your topic map.  Which questions are you most interested in?  Which are the best fit for your assignment?  Highlight keywords and phrases you can use to search for information on this topic.

Source:  UCLA Library Inquiry Labs

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