Supporting themes that will - Expert Work

Part A:

Supporting themes that will help define and support your main topic based on your research question(s) and supporting evidence from your five resources. The main topic (seat) is made up of themes (legs) that will help support your main idea. (Note: you may have more than three legs of themes to your stool—this is a mere example to get you started) Start by writing your main topic of interest (your research question) on the seat of the stool. Then, describe the themes in the legs (the main ideas discovered in your five resources) of the stool that will help you define and support your research question(s). Again, this is just an activity that will get you to begin to think about your main topic of your literature review and the possible supporting themes that you can research. You can use this graphic organizer, write as a narrative with clear headings and sub-headings, or create a linear outline. Remember that all five of your resources will be included in this activity.

 “Why should teachers, who are already overburdened with curriculum requirements, standards of learning, and the daily challenges of caring for young children, take on teacher research?”

Part C:

Teaching can become quite an isolating profession; our teacher research group has made it possible to create a community of educators brought together by the need to make visible their voices, ideas, and learning journeys, with the ultimate goal of offering young children meaningful educational experiences. (Escamilla in Perry, Henderson, & Meier, 2012, p. 178). 

What does this say to you about the power of collaborating in research initiatives or inquiry communities? In what ways have you or might you come together with colleagues in your work or college settings to make your voices, ideas, and learning journeys visible?
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