Four Examples of Research Topics on Education

One of the common concerns of graduate students is finding topics relevant to their field of specialization. If you are a graduate student of education, here is a list of recent issues and concerns on education that you might want to focus on as your research topic.

Here are four examples of research topics on education. The list focuses on children as vulnerable members of society.

1. How children react to loss of parental care

There are many instances that children have to cope with loss of parental care as a result of death of their mothers, separation of parents, assignment of a parent to distant places, among others. This feeling of loss is generalized as grief. Although it is easy for adults to adjust to such circumstances, questions arise as to whether children are able to cope.

Example Research Questions:

  • What are the causes of grief among children?
  • How do babies express their grief?
  • How does grief affect children in various developmental stages?
  • How do children cope up with the loss of a loved one?
  • Is there a difference in the behavior of children who lost their mothers compared to those who did not?

2. Early childhood development

Many mothers, especially those who are new, are very much concerned about the development of their children. Nowadays, there are so many stresses in the environment that could threaten the development of children. The following are questions on child development that research could help shed light on.

Example Research Questions

  • What are the early warning signs of abnormality among toddlers?
  • Which intervention works best in addressing a specific type of abnormal behavior among small children (e.g. inability to speak, inability to crawl, losing eye contact, inability to respond to sound)
  • Is there a relationship between frequency and duration of parent contact and child development?
  • How do mothers respond to signs of abnormality in their children?

3. Classroom and learning

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There have been a considerable number of literature emphasizing the role of environment in facilitating brain development. Intelligence cannot just be attributed to genes but also to the surrounding environment. In educating children, the learning environment can play a very significant role in shaping the minds of growing children. Classroom design is one such concern.

Example Research Questions

  • General Question: Does classroom design affect children behavior?
  • What are the development needs of children that can be addressed by classroom design?
  • How can classroom designs be made more stimulating to children?
  • Is there a relationship between classroom design and the number of uneasy children?
  • How do placements of play structures influence children behavior?

4. Socialization among children

With the preponderance of the internet nowadays, children become more engrossed in their laptops or desktop computers as part of their socialization activities. They now have more friends in the internet than in real life. Teenagers, in particular, are beset by this problem. Since they spend most of their time in front of computer screens, they were referred to as the “screenagers.”

There have been increased concern on children being unable to socialize effectively with real persons as a result of too much “socialization” activity online. This also exposes them to grave abuse as a result of their online ventures.

Example Research Questions

  • Is there a relationship between the frequency and duration of online activity among children and study time?
  • Is there relationship between age and the type of online material visited by children?
  • How do children respond to strangers requesting details about them?
  • Is there a relationship between children’s irritability and intensity of computer use?
  • What factors influence the time devoted by children to online activity?

These topics will enable you to get started on your research endeavor along the field of education. If you want to explore other topics, you might want to try other means such as  brainstorming. This will help you zero in on topics that you might find interesting.


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