Education Dissertation Topics

Education is a constantly evolving field; it is now undergoing considerable changes in the aftermath of the Coronavirus crisis. Whether your interests lie in primary, secondary or higher education, we have provided a selection of interesting and original dissertation topics to get you thinking about yours. It’s important that your dissertation topic adds to existing studies and research in your chosen field, whilst staying focused in order to compose your aims and objectives with clarity. The topics that we have created cover a wide range of different areas within the discipline of education to show you how versatile the topic can be. Each of these topics will allow you to produce an original yet manageable dissertation that is relevant today and help you narrow down your ideas to a specific topic:


Pre-school Education Dissertation Topics

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 a dissertation topic about education are:

  • Has the introduction of the Montessori Method to pre-school education improved the educational outcomes in the pre-school system?
  • Do Montessori-educated preschoolers fare better in language and math skills over other young pupils 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?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of home schooling for infant pupils, with the Coronavirus pandemic making school attendance uncertain?
  • Should pre-schooling be the same as primary schooling and become mandatory for all children?
  • What have learners beginning pre-school at the age of 2- 3 years gained before entering formal schooling, over children who have not attended pre-school?
  • 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 include tests that measure the knowledge gained by students starting from a tender age of two years?
  • Should pre-school education consist of more language, math and motor skill acquisition or character formation?
  • What is the impact of pre-school education on the social skills and personal development of young children?
  • Are the current students to teacher ratios in the pre-school system in the UK sufficient, or should they be increased?
  • Is home-based (family day care / child-minders) early childhood education and care (ECEC) advantageous or disadvantageous for learners and practitioners?
  • Should pre-school teachers have more knowledge about teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum and less knowledge of child development theories?
  • Do pre-school children learn from their social relationship with their teacher?

Primary school Education Dissertation Topics

Known as primary school education or elementary school education in most of the developed world, it broadly covers students attending school between age 6 and 11 years of age. Issues for education dissertations in this area include:

  • Should the primary school curriculum include money management techniques and basic business studies?
  • 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 tests and examinations instead of increasing the support provided to poor performing 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 basic software programming skills be taught to all primary school children in the UK?
  • How, and in what ways can primary school students take control of, and responsibility for their learning?
  • Should there be more emphasis on environment preservation, energy conservation and green living as a part of a 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?
  • How can mainstream primary school teachers’ break down the barriers to academic achievement in primary school education among inner city pupils?
  • Are inner city primary school pupils of ethnic minority origin falling behind their peers, and what can be done about it?
  • Are Vygotsky’s ideas on creativity still relevant for primary school education today?
  • What are the everyday teaching strategies that primary school teachers can use to enhance their teaching practices?

Collegiate Education Dissertation Topics

Collegiate education, or high school education as it is popularly known, broadly covers the formal education available to students between the ages of 11 or 14 to 17 or 18. This is also known in the UK as secondary school education and consists of GCSE Levels and Advanced (‘A’) Levels 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?
  • What are the benefits of standardised testing for secondary school pupils in the UK?
  • Is there a sufficient emphasis on developing the knowledge of Modern Foreign Languages in secondary school education in the UK?
  • Should wealth management and entrepreneurship related courses be offered to high school students over more traditional courses, such as history and geography?
  • How can working class educational attainment, long described as lagging in the UK, be raised to a more acceptable standard?
  • Should schools focus more on personality and character formation rather than on purely academic education alone?
  • Do secondary school leavers in the UK, or Commonwealth countries such as Australia have sufficient IT skills to cope with the modern workplace?
  • 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, or is it detrimental to pupils’ academic and social development?
  • Do male students fare better when they are among same gender counterparts rather than co-ed counterparts?
  • Is it more beneficial to put students who consistently have failing grades, in the same classes as high achievers so they perform better and achieve higher scores?
  • Is secondary education optimal in ensuring educational attainment outcomes when it is taught in mixed ability sets or same ability sets?
  • Should there be less emphasis on language and math skills in high schools and more emphasis on today’s pressing issues, such as environmental protection, global warming and resource conservation?
  • Should religious education be reintroduced to the schooling system to increase racial and religious tolerance?
  • Is the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 still appropriate for multi-cultural secondary schools?
  • Is the Key Stage 3 history curriculum sufficiently rigorous in analysing all aspects of the global legacy of the British Empire, both negative and positive?
  • Should the British secondary school curriculum robustly emphasise Maths, Science and English, with only a secondary emphasis on secondary subjects such as Art or Geography?
  • Are British secondary school leavers sufficiently well-versed in Information and Communications Technology (ICT skills) to be able to compete in the modern workplace?
  • How can the educational underachievement of many ethnic minority and working class pupils be robustly addressed in the UK?
  • Will Brexit affect the provision of language teaching and language exchange schemes in secondary schools?
  • Will Brexit have detrimental effects on secondary school education in the UK, as it may impact negatively on teacher recruitment from abroad?
  • What is the best strategic approach to tackling rising gang culture and violent indiscipline in schools?

University Education Dissertation Topics

Undergraduate, post-graduate university and college education will be broadly considered under this section. Topics on university education that you could potentially use as an education dissertation topic include:

  • An analysis over whether business management and administration degrees should 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 today see a dearth of specialists, such as Obstetricians?
  • Is a University education still justified in the face of ongoing challenges in the job market after graduation, especially as unemployment increases in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic?
  • Has the movement of lectures online in the course of the Coronavirus pandemic been detrimental to the academic attainment of University and college students?
  • Many universities are moving toward more flexible learning and flexible teaching, or online courses to reduce overheads, such as building costs – especially at Masters Level. Are there benefits in following this trend to undergraduate level?
  • 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?
  • 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 an average university educated individual?
  • Are ‘A Levels’ a reliable guide to University success? An analysis of the alternatives.
  • To what extent are the elite Universities providing opportunities for the working classes and disadvantaged in society? Should positive discrimination be applied in the form of reservations for disadvantaged groups?
  • How do Universities justify ‘value for money’ with their courses?
  • An analysis of how the internet has changed learning for University students.

Teacher Education Dissertation Topics

Teaching, for many, is a vocation or calling. 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 for society as they are training the next generation of young minds. 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 preschool or nursery related training?
  • Are teachers today less dedicated than teachers two or three decades ago?
  • Is teaching today 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, considering evolving challenges and threats such as drugs and weapons etc.?
  • How can teachers better co-ordinate with the police, social services, and parents of troublesome pupils to turn their lives around?
  • An analysis of how teacher training courses approach behaviour management.
  • Has teaching evolved into a more dangerous profession in the last two decades? And are teachers more prone to be victims of violence (verbal or physical) at the hands of their students?
  • Should secondary school teachers be trained in basic self-defence as classrooms become more unruly, and the level of gang activity among inner city youth increases?
  • Would training ex-soldiers as teachers in ‘tough’ inner city school environments help to raise the levels of discipline and achievement?
  • What is the purpose of so-called ‘Mickey Mouse’ degrees such as media studies?
  • Would an increase in support services and training, or an increase in teacher salary, encourage more individuals to take up teaching as a profession?
  • Has the role of the head teacher or principal developed into more of an administrator or manager?
  • Do teachers currently have much influence on the character formation of the students in their care?
  • An analysis of the main reasons why people enter the teaching profession.
  • What are the main challenges for teacher training in the coming decade, with massive socio-economic changes coming after the pandemic?
  • A discussion on the benefits of entirely work based teacher training, as opposed to college based teacher training courses.
  • How has technology changed the training of teachers?
  • An investigation of the teacher ‘drop out’ rate after the first three years in the profession.

Private School Education Dissertation Topics

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, here are some suggestions for your specific area of research:

  • Seeing that there is a trend towards private education should the government adopt the same approach as 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 motivated than those in public schools?
  • Are privately funded Montessori Schools more effective at educating very young children than those that fall under the public school system?
  • Why are more and more parents opting to educate their children in private schools in preference to sending them to publicly funded schools?
  • How and why do private schools consistently manage to have better test scores than publicly funded schools?
  • Do children studying in Montessori schools catering for a range of 18 months to 18 years achieve higher results than those studying in traditional schools?
  • Do private schools place a stronger emphasis on character development and personality formation, than public schools do?
  • What aspects of private schooling are beneficial to students that public schools are unable to provide?
  • Do students attending private schools have an edge over students attending public schools when it comes to attaining places at elite universities? Is this advantage an unfair advantage?
  • Are scholarships offered by private schools a strategy to attract talented students or are they offered for public relations purposes and because it is mandatory?
  • What are the six main differences between public school education and private school education?
  • What price scholarship education? The socio-economic effects on the family of scholarship students.
  • Does private school education engender more self confidence in students than public school education?

Public School Education Dissertation Topics

95% of the schools in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia are publicly funded schools that offer primary and secondary education for students between the ages of 4 and 18. Here are the areas of public school education that you could use as a topic for discussion in your education dissertation:

  • As opposed to private schools, are drugs, gangs and weapons related crime 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 drug and weapons crimes and declining test performance?
  • Are public schools more equipped to educate students to face the challenges of the real world as opposed to the sheltered world of private schools?
  • Should participation in sports be made compulsory for students in public schools?
  • Should more courses on food technology, focusing on 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 on the syllabus.
  • Does the lack of religious education in the public school system promote secularism or loss of morals and values in the younger generation?

Home schooling Dissertation Topics

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 wholly schooled at home able to handle socially challenging situations?
  • Should home schooling be regulated more, and if so, by whom?
  • Why is the trend for home schooling on the rise in the UK? How will the pandemic affect this?
  • Children that are home schooled are usually educated by either parent or both parents, instead of a governess or some other trained educator; is this a good thing?
  • Children who are home schooled have less behavioural problems than those attending conventional schools. Why is this the case?
  • Home schooling has more advantages than disadvantages when compared to sending children to a traditional school.
  • Students who are home schooled are usually higher achievers than those attending traditional schools.
  • Should the increasing trend in home schooling be allowed to continue without any further legislation being passed on regulation and monitoring?
  • Should the traditional schooling system be changed to embrace some of the components of home schooling, if so, which aspects would be selected?
  • Should traditional schools have programmes where students can participate from home, over the Internet, instead of attending school each day and would that have any impact in the reduction of teenage delinquency, dropout rates and other issues?
  • Should home schooled children follow the National Curriculum and if so, why?
  • Should home schooling be allowed if the parents are not educated?
  • Should all home schooling be monitored by online assessment lessons?
  • Is online learning beneficial for young home schooled children, and why?

Adult Education Dissertation Topics

Adult education can be professional or 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 is beneficial to the economy. A discussion.
  • Governments should participate and encourage more adult education courses in vocational and apprenticeship programmes.
  • With individuals choosing to work beyond their retirement age, adult education is more important today than ever before, to help individuals keep up with changing technology and lifestyles.
  • Courses relating to personal finance, wealth creation and entrepreneurship should be encouraged for the betterment of all.
  • All ages of individuals should be encouraged to engage in environmental, energy, and resource conservation courses.
  • Adult education is a boon to individuals who have been laid off work or injured, and need to gain new skills.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of government programmes that fund adult education or subsidise the payment of course fees for adults to reskill adults, on reducing unemployment, and the number of individuals dependent on welfare benefits.
  • Specialist job related courses help individuals when seeking jobs in specialist fields.
  • Adult education courses should offer gender discriminatory grants for older citizens.
  • Is it true that unemployed individuals taking part in adult education courses suffer less poor health than those that do not take part?
  • Should the costs of adult education courses be capped?
  • Certain essential adult education courses should be free or largely subsidised by the Government as they offer great benefits to the country as a whole.
  • Should all adults be offered education ‘tokens’ that can be spent at any time of their lives?

Holistic Education Dissertation Topics

Holistic education is based on educating children to be well-rounded individuals. This may be an interesting area to focus your education dissertation on.

  • 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, rather than schools with no religious affiliation.
  • Is it possible to assess and measure the holistic education provided within a school? What would be the yardsticks for measurement?
  • Are teachers trained to deliver a holistic education that develops rounded personalities in pupils?
  • Do parents opt to home school children or send them to private schools, as opposed to sending them to public schools, in the hope that they receive a holistic education?
  • Does holistic education produce high achieving students?
  • Is holistic education a myth in the context of 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?
  • Is the Montessori Method of teaching better at holistically educating a child rather than the conventional schooling system?
  • With an analysis of given school documentation, how do schools define the holistic approach to education they offer.
  • Is holistic education a myth that exists only on paper within most of schools today?
  • An analysis of how OFSTED addresses holistic education.



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