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ER 7950: Doctoral Capstone Project - Compton: Research Planning - ED

Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Question:

What are the implications of the Every Child Succeeds Act?

 Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:

     What are the implications of Every Child Succeeds Act?

Good Initial Search Terms: (Think of synonyms)

     implications,  "Every Child Succeeds Act"

Step 2: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias

Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms


"Every Child Succeeds Act" • NCLB • "No Child Left Behind" • "No Child Left Behind Act"
Performance • Evaluation • Outcomes • Results
Failing • Passing Success

(Additional Concepts)
"Elementary and Secondary Education Act" • "Standards-Based Education"

Students • Teachers