Section 2: Topics of Interests
Often research begins with an observable event. The classic example is Sir. Isaac Newton observing an apple fall from a tree . . . the birth of his theory of gravity. An equally good starting point for identifying a researchable topic can be existing research literature. In Activity 2, you are challenged to combine the two beginning points. Armed with both an observable event and the literature you are ready to locate your research topic.
Leedy, P. D., & Ormrod, J. E. (2010): Pages 44-48
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(Create annotated bibliography entries for each article you review.)
Using your topics and the literature reviewed, formulate 3 to 5 possible topic areas of interest. These topics should have the potential for doctoral level research. (Refer to your reading in Leedy and Ormrod (2010) for the definition of doctoral level research.) Each topic should be presented succinctly; should be supported by personal observations; and should have at least one related citation from the literature.
Length: 5-7 pages (app. 350 words per page). Include at least one reference.
Your essay should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.
Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.
Your Mentor will provide feedback to help you narrow your topic.
Continue to accumulate 2 to 3 annotations as part of each Activity to turn in with your signature assignment.
Learning outcome: 1, 2, 4
Evaluate the doctoral research process.
Formulate an acceptable dissertation topic.
Develop an annotated bibliography.