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EDUC 301: History and Philosophy of Education: Historical Research Topics

A guide to aid in the completion of the coursework for History and Philosophy of Education

Resource Types

Choosing the right sources for your research is very important. A variety of resources are available, including books, articles and websites. Different sources can provide different types of information and will be used differently in the preparation of a research product. For instance, a book will provide general or background information on a topic while a peer-reviewed journal article provides more specific information that may serve as evidence to support a thesis.

Books

Scholarly books contain authoritative information and this can include comprehensive accounts of research or scholarship, historical data, overviews, experts' views on themes/topics. Use a book when you require background information and related research on a topic, when you want to add depth to a research topic or put your topic in context with other important issues.

Journals/Journal Articles

The articles found in many scholarly journals go through a "peer-review" process. In other words, the articles are checked by academics and other experts prior to publication.  As well as containing scholarly information, and original research, journal articles can include reports and/or reviews of current literature and topic-specific information. Use scholarly  journals when you need original research on a topic; articles and essays written by scholars or subject experts; factual documented information to reinforce a position; or references lists that point you to other relevant research.

Websites

Websites provide up-to-the minute news and information about current events, trends, and controversial topics.  They may also contain government publications such as reports, statistics, legislation and service information; interviews, newspaper articles; research reports; conference/workshop/symposium papers; maps and other types of resources.  

 

 

General

1. Massachusetts School Law of 1642         9. John Dewey

2. Northwest Ordinance                             10. Willam A. Wirt ("Gary Plan")

3. Horace Mann                                        11. Ellwood P. Cubberly

4. Thomas Jefferson on Education             12. "A Nation at Risk"

5. Bishop John Hughes                             13. Severita Lara

6. Philadelphia Bible Riots                         14. Coleman Report

7. Catharine Beecher                                15. Scopes Trial

8. Julian Nava

 

Court Cases

1. Roberts v. City of Boston

2. Brown v. Board of Education

3. Lemon v. Kurtz

4. Wisconsin v. Yoder

5. Tinker v Desmoines

6. Engel v Vitale

7. Zelma v Simmons-Harris

8. Pierce v Society of Sisiters

9. West Virgina State Board of Education v Barnett

10. New Jersey v TLO

11. West Side Community Schools v Mergens

12. Meyer v Nebraska

13. Plessy v Ferguson