Whether you have an assigned topic, and you need to narrow down to a manageable research question, or you are free to choose any topic you want, the first step in narrowing that topic is researching sources for background information.
First, you can search popular sources for topics or background information. Popular sources differ from scholarly sources in that they are written for a non-specialist audience. Popular sources can help you understand some of the important conversations that are happening in the classroom or in educational policy.
Here are some popular sources:
Science Daily is a website that summarizes the latest research in the sciences and social sciences. Use the Society dropdown menu to search for abstracts of some of the latest research in education.
You can also browse scholarly journals to understand the scholarly conversations that are happening in the field of Education. Journals focus on all aspects of education, including: Philosophy of education, educating in specific disciplines, learning theories, and special education.
As you browse through these sources, be sure to note: