The objective of a dissertation is to add to studies and research that already exists in the chosen field. When choosing a dissertation subject the author should attempt to be focused rather than wide-ranging. This is the only manner in which literature can be kept at a manageable level and a certain outcome sought. Also keeping the topic focused will help the author to work within the given cost and time constraints. Staying focused helps when setting the aims, objectives and questions with clarity and conciseness. Further, this research question should also reflect the research setting and prove that the study took place. To help you to narrow down your education dissertation to a specific topic, we have suggested many throughout this article, relating to the sub-topics of pre-school education, primary school education, collegiate education, university education, teacher education, private school education, home schooling, adult education and holistic education.
2.0 Pre-school Education
Preschool education in the United Kingdom and most other countries refers to any education or formal schooling that children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years go through. Possible topics in this area that maybe used as an education dissertation topic are:
- Has the introduction of the Montessori method to pre-school education improved the pre-school system?
- Do Montessori-educated pre-schoolers fare better in language and math skills over other young scholars who have not been through the Montessori method?
- Does pre-school education equip students and prepare them for the rigours of primary schooling or rather give them a play school environment that makes it more difficult for them to conform to the needs of primary school?
- What are the advantages gained by students who go to pre-school over those that do not?
- Should pre-schooling be mandatory for all children as primary schooling is?
- Is it more advantageous for children to go to pre-school between the ages of 18 – 24 months instead of at four years?
- Children who attend pre-schools are better equipped to handle social situations when compared to those who have not attended pre-school
- Should pre-schooling contain tests that measure the knowledge gained by students starting from a tender age of two years?
- Should pre-school education consist more of language, math and motor skill acquisition or character formation?
- Are the current students to teacher ratios in the pre-school system sufficient or should it be increased?
3.0 Primary school Education
Known as primary school education or elementary school education in most of the developed world broadly covers students attending school between age six and 12 or 13 years of age. Issues for education dissertations in this area include:
- Should primary school education consist of money management techniques and business studies?
- Should emphasis laid on language and math studies be lowered to ensure that more kids are able to keep up with the curriculum?
- Does the Montessori method of teaching benefit children below the age of twelve more than traditional schooling methods?
- Should primary schools reduce their dependence on testing to measure performance levels?
- Is it wise to lower standards to ensure that students pass instead of increasing the support provided to failing students to meet the existing standards?
- Are the current courses taught in primary schools more suited to the industrial age rather than the information age?
- Should primary school students be allowed more independent study than is currently allowed?
- Should there be more emphasis on environment preservation and energy conservation and green living a part mandatory primary school curriculum?
- Should learning be allowed to be more self-directed in traditional primary schools as it is under the Montessori method of teaching?
- Is the formal primary education presently available to students of lesser value than the primary education that was available to their parents over two decades or so ago?
4.0 Collegiate Education
Collegiate education, or high school education as it is popularly known, broadly covers the formal education available to students between the ages of 13 or 14 to 17 or 18. This is also known as secondary school education and consists of Ordinary Levels and Advanced Level or, as known in Australia and some other countries, SSC and HSC exams. There are a range of subjects in this area to be discussed, and any of the following could be used as a basis for your education dissertation research:
- Should standardised testing be completely eliminated in the secondary schooling system?
- Should wealth management and entrepreneurship related courses be offered to high school students over courses such as history and geography etc.?
- Should schools focus more on personality and character formation more than on academic education?
- Is it more beneficial to have apprenticeship programs and vocational training programs in high schools than outside of the schooling system?
- Is gender segregation of the schooling system beneficial?
- Do male students fare better when they are among same gender counterparts rather than co-ed counterparts?
- Should schools be segregated by race and do the benefits of such a scheme far outweigh the disadvantages?
- Is it more beneficial to put students who consistently make failing grades with high achievers so they do better and achieve higher scores?
- Should there be less emphasis on language and math skills in high schools and more emphasis on today’s pressing issues such as environment protection and resource conservation?
- Should religious education be reintroduced to the schooling system to increase racial and religious tolerance?
5.0 University Education
Undergraduate, post-graduate and college education can all be broadly considered under this section. Topics on university education that you could use as an education dissertation topic can include:
- Should business management and administration degrees of today focus more on entrepreneurship?
- Are the university and college level courses offered today in the field of business more suited to the industrial age than the information age?
- Should tuition for medical school education be free or refunded to those who opt into specialist areas that are today seeing a dearth of specialists, such as Obstetricians etc?
- Should Tertiary education be universal like the primary and secondary schooling system?
- Should tuition fee increases for university courses be frozen?
- Should universities opt to more flexible learning and flexible teaching or online courses to reduce overheads, such as building costs, and pass the benefit to students in terms of tuition reduction?
- Should mandatory retirement for university professors be abolished?
- Should university degrees be more spread out over a five to 10 year period to enable students to bear the rising education cost and gain practical experience by working in their chosen fields for a minimum of two years in internship programs?
- How is the university system preparing for the looming labour shortage in the short and long term?
- Do those with university education only and no practical experience do better in the first five years of their career when compared to an individual who has no university education but has been in the work force for two years longer than the university educated individual?
6.0 Teacher Education
Teaching is a vocation and whether the individual is a pre-school teacher, a primary school teacher, a secondary school teacher or a university professor the role filled by them is an important one. Here are some different topics that you could discuss in your education dissertation:
- Are Montessori-trained teachers more equipped to handle pre-school aged children than those with conventional pre school or nursery related training?
- Are teachers today less dedicated than teachers two or three decades ago?
- Is teaching considered to be just a job rather than a career option or a vocation or calling for individuals?
- Are teachers adequately equipped to train the youth of today, taking into account different dangers such as drugs and weapons etc.?
- Has teaching evolved into a more dangerous profession in the last two decades? And are teachers more prone to be victims of violence at the hands of their students?
- Is dedication to the teaching profession based on gender, race, religion or the ability or disability of the students or the support services that are available to the teachers?
- How is the education system currently handling the dearth of teachers and how will it handle the shortage in the years to come?
- Would an increase in the compensation system or an increase in support services and training encourage more individuals to take up teaching as a profession?
- Is the role of the head teacher or principal more of an administrator or manager?
- Do teachers currently have much influence on the character formation of the students in their care?
7.0 Private School Education
Today more and more parents are opting to send their children to private schools, even though it is very expensive and not funded by the public. If you are considering this area for your education dissertation, there are some suggestions for your specific area of research below.
- Seeing that there is a trend toward private education should the government get into the line of private education, offering facilities that are not available under the public schooling system, and use the proceeds to improve the public schooling system.
- Are teachers in the private schooling sector more dedicated than those in public schools?
- Are privately funded Montessori’s more effective and authentic than those that fall under the public school system?
- Why are more and more parents opting to educate their children in private schools over sending them to publicly-funded schools?
- How and why do private schools manage to have better test scores than publicly funded schools?
- Are children studying in Montessori schools that cater from ages 18 months to 18 years higher achievers than those studying in traditional schools?
- Do private schools place more emphasis on character and personality formation than public schools do?
- What aspects of private schooling are beneficial to students that public schools are unable to provide them with?
- Do students attending private schools have an edge over students attending public schools? Is this advantage an unfair advantage?
- Are the scholarships offered by private schools a strategy to attract talented students or is it a something done for public relations purposes and sometimes because it is mandated by legislation?
8.0 Public School Education
95% of the schools in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia are publicly funded schools that offer elementary and secondary education for students between the ages of 6 and 18. The area of public school education offers many topics for discussion:
- As opposed to private schools, drugs and weapons related crime is a plague faced only by public schools?
- Should schools for children with special needs be wholly public schools in the interest of society and the individual children?
- Is public schooling in the United Kingdom a declining trend?
- Is parents’ reluctance to send children to public schools in the UK related to the drug and weapons crimes? Declining test performance?
- Public schools are more able to educate students to face the challenges of the real world as opposed to the sheltered world of the private schools?
- Should participation in sports be made compulsory for students in public schools?
- Should more courses on home economics, cooking, meal choice and preparation be offered in public schools to encourage healthy eating?
- Should students be involved in preparing cafeteria food and menu options?
- Should there be publicly funded religious schools? If they are publicly funded the government will be able to monitor them and ensure there is no radicalism taught.
- Does the lack of religious education in the public school system promote secularism or loss of morals and values in the younger generation?
9.0 Home schooling
Home schooling refers to any time when children are educated at home instead of being enrolled in a public or private school? Here are some further discussions in this area that you could use in your education dissertation.
- Are children who are schooled at home able to handle socially challenging situations?
- Should home schooling be regulated more?
- Why is the trend for home schooling on the rise in the United States?
- Children that are home schooled are usually educated by either parent or both parents instead of a governess or some other trained educator.
- Children who are home schooled have less behavioural problems than those attending conventional schools.
- Home schooling has more advantages that outweigh the disadvantages when compared to sending children to traditional schools.
- Students who are home schooled are usually higher achievers than those that attend traditional schools.
- Should the increasing trend in home schooling be allowed to continue with no legislation being passed on regulation and monitoring?
- Should the traditional schooling system be changed to have some components of home schooling, where parents take a more active role in their children’s education?
- Should traditional schools have programs where students can participate from home over the Internet instead of attending school daily and will that have some impact in reducing teenage delinquency, dropout rates and other issues?
10.0 Adult Education
Adult education can be professional and vocation-based. This is becoming increasingly popular and will provide you with a number of topics (some of which are proposed below) to base your education dissertation on.
- Should governments spend more on adult education?
- Educating adults has many advantages and will be very beneficial to the economy.
- Governments should participate and encourage more adult education courses in vocational and apprenticeship programs.
- With individuals choosing to work beyond their retirement age adult education is more important today than ever before, to help the individuals keep up with changing trends.
- Adult education plays an important role today because individuals make at least two or three career changes over their working life.
- Courses relating to personal finance, wealth building and entrepreneurship should be encouraged.
- Courses on environment conservation, energy conservation and resource conservation should be encouraged for adults.
- Adult education is a boon to individuals who have been laid off work or injured, and have to gain new skills.
- Government programmes that fund adult education or pay for the education of adults for them to gain new skills, have a positive effect on reducing unemployment, the number of individuals dependent on welfare benefits and poverty.
- Specialist job related courses help individuals when seeking jobs in specialist fields.
11.0 Holistic education
Holistic education is based on educating children to be well-rounded individuals. This may be an interesting area to focus your education dissertation on.
- Is holistic education more important than academic education?
- Should schools pay more attention to educating the child to be a well-rounded individual, even if it is at the cost of sacrificing their academic education?
- What should holistic education consist of?
- Do faith based schools pay extra attention to educating the individual in a well – rounded manner instead of solely emphasising the academic aspect alone?
- Do parents opt to home school children or send them to private schools, as opposed to sending them to public schools, in the hope they receive a holistic education?
- Does holistic education produce high achieving students?
- Is holistic education a myth in today’s education system?
- Is it reasonable to expect teachers to focus on educating the whole person with the workload that has been assigned to them?
- The Montessori method of teaching is focused on educating the whole person instead of academic achievement only.
- The Montessori method of teaching is better at holistically educating a child rather than the conventional schooling system.
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