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EDEC 3500: Teaching Early Childhood Social Studies - Dr. Kaye Martin   Tags: early childhood education, education  

Use this guide to assist you with your Inquiry Papers' research.
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Inquiry Project

How can a librarian help you with your research assignment?

A librarian can help guide you through this process.

Don't wait to ask us for assistance until you're frustrated.  Librarians enjoy a challenge!       


Copy of Your Assignment

The assignment's "Research Instructions" and the "Criteria for Excellent Research Papers" are included in the PDF.

1. It's important that you read and even re-read the assignment instructions.

2. Pay attention to exactly what your professor requires you to cover in your research.

3. At least 3 sources are required.

4. Use scholarly and/or professional journal articles and books.  Do not use Web sites.


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Your Assignment

The Inquiry Project

This should include, but is not limited to the following:

  • What are the most important concepts/generalizations (Big Ideas) that children should learn related to the topic you're discussing?

  • Why do children need to learn about the topic?

  • What do scholars and educators recommend for planning effective teaching strategies and interesting lessons on your topic?

  • Which ideas did you find to be the most promising or interesting?

  • How will what you have learned about this topic change the way you will teach social studies?

Remember, you're writing a research paper not a lesson plan.


The Steps of college research

  1. Choose a topic.
       - Narrow or broaden the topic as needed.
  2. Identify keywords for your research question.
       -  Before you begin searching, you'll need to locate the most important
          words to use.
  3. Find information.
       -  Use the online catalogs and article databases.
  4. Evaluate your search results.
       -  Evaluation includes criteria such as authority, accuracy, and lack of
  5. Avoid plagiarism.
       -  Observe academic ethical standards.
       -  Keep track of what information from what source.
       -  Use our Plagiarism Guide.
  6. Cite accurately.
       -  Use our Citation Style Guides and other library resources.

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