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Essay Proposal

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Essay Paper Proposal Guidelines

Your goal: to convince your readers (Dr. Shutkin and fellow classmates) that your research topic has value and that you can complete it successfully and on time. (<750 words)


Please address the items described below:



What is your research topic? Briefly describe the topic that you have in mind within the context of the broad field of Educational Studies. (Two or three paragraphs should suffice).


Problem Statement

What is the problem that your essay responds to? Essays don't emerge from nothing. They arise out of a situation in which there is a need, a problem that must be solved. What needs, interests and prior knowledge form a foundation for your research topic? What connections will you make in this project with other topics you know or study? Conversely, what "big" question or questions do you have about this topic? What do you want to know; what important content and concepts might you learn? What knowledge, skills, strategies and attitudes do you expect to gain?


Remember: you must convince your readers that the problem is important and therefore deserves to be addressed. 


Annotated Bibliography

Is there sufficient literature for your essay project?  For your proposal include 3-5 references. Each reference needs to be cited using an acceptable bibliographic style such as APA, Chicago or MLA. Beneath each reference, include succinct summary and discussion of expected contribution that the article, chapter, essay, etc. will make to your essay.





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