Buzz Word Research Paper Assignment (15 Points) Six (6) page paper with six (6) articles.
Assignment: Choose one topic from the list of “Buzz Words” below and discuss why it is so controversial in the field of early childhood education. You will find three (3) articles that support/pro for your topic and three (3) articles that disagree/con with the idea. In a six (6) page paper, summarize your findings. Remember that every argument has two sides. It is important that you pay adequate attention to arguments that may disagree with your view as well as to persuade others holding your same position(s). Choose one (1) of the following topics: Common Core: Describe the Common Core. What is its purpose? Who supports (pro) the Common Core and who is against (con) against? What is your opinion? Teacher Evaluation: Tenure, Merit Pay, Annual Performance Evaluation: Describe the various ways teachers are compensated and/or evaluated for their work. Discuss pros and cons and your opinion. Charter schools: Describe Charter Schools. Discuss the purpose, pros, and cons. What is your opinion? High-stakes testing: Discuss standardized tests and having the outcome of these tests determine the students’ academic future or teacher evaluations. Review the pros and cons and your opinion. Format for Final Paper: Title Page (separate page not included in the six (6) page paper). Page 1: Define your topic, what is it, how do schools use it, who is it meant for, who uses it, etc. Pages 2-3: Summarize the three (3) articles that agree with/support your topic Pages 4-5: Summarize the three (3) articles that disagree with your topic Page 6: Summarize which side you agree with and why. What is your opinion? Reference page, APA Style (separate page not included in the six (6) paper). Be sure to summarize the authors’ ideas by using your words not their words. Cite the names of the authors you are paraphrasing and the year of the article inside your paper. For example, Lopez (2011) wrote that teachers’ pay… Please note that the author and the year of the article are both in the citation. Include the references for your six (6) articles on the page titled “References.” If you have any questions along the way, please ask! I will gladly read any first drafts prior to the due date but they must be submitted at least one week in advance. The paper must be typed, double spaced in 12pt. font.
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