PhD in Education, need help on a topic

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Migara, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. Migara

    Migara member

    Greetings and Complements of the season!!!

    A female friend of mine, interested in doing a PhD in Education, she has a Master's degree in General Education and another Masters in TESOL from Charles Sturt Uni in Australia.

    The problem is she cant think of a topic to apply for a PhD program and I would greatly appreciated if degreeinfo members can assists her in thinking of a topic.

    She is open to all suggestions and advice.

    Many thanks,

  2. roysavia

    roysavia New Member

    Take a look at this site. Most of the information is on Adult Education, but some of the topics have research questions which focus on learning behavior, learning styles, pedagogical approaches to life long learning, etc. Perhaps your friend may find area of interest which she can pursue.
  3. George Brown

    George Brown Active Member

    IMHO, if she is not passionate about an issue in her field, and needs help from others to find a question, then she should not bother doing a PhD.


  4. Migara

    Migara member

    I will let her know what people said thus fair... thanks

  5. Bill Grover

    Bill Grover New Member

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  6. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    I'm writing a dissertation proposal at Touro that applies cognitive dissonance theory to consumer marketing promotion with some new twists. I've stumbled on to something interesting relative to education theory that someone should investigate: dissonance reduction as an instructional tool. Have your friend write me at [email protected] for additional thoughts.

    No worries,

  7. uncle janko

    uncle janko member

    Why not ask former professors about areas they find intriguing or that they think merit more investigation?
  8. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    I take it your friend is not actually looking for a dissertation topic yet, but needs one for a statement of purpose to apply to the university.

    Usually the statement of purpose only has to indicate what area the student is interested in and why. It's very common for the actual topic to change a few times over the course of the PhD program after additional coursework, literature review, comments from faculty, etc.

    The faculty know this, but need a general idea of what your friend wants to research in order to see if she would be a fit in their department, find a suitable dissertation advisor, and hopefully some funding.

    My statement of purpose was less then a page and was something like, "Even though I know little about it, I'm very interested in how {xxxxx} and {xxxxx} affects {xxxxx} because of my background in {xxxxxx}. The faculty here at {xxxxx} are experts in {xxxxxx} and I feel that their expertise would be a perfect match for my goals."

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