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EPT127 Research Skills Guide: Keywords (Topic Analysis)

Topic Analysis

A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.

You will generally be given three key pieces of information:

  1. The key topic or concept words direct you in what to research.
  2. The limits or qualifiers tell you the specific focus of the topic or concept.
  3. The task or instruction terms tell how you are to deal with the content. Charles Sturt University has a list of explanations for common instruction words.

Your EPT127 assessment item 1, part B (Reflective Essay & notes) asks you to:

 

"Articulate your developing philosophy of how to teach early readers, writers, viewers, creators, speakers and listeners in Foundation* - 2 classrooms in the current era"

Use keywords from your chosen topic and related module readings to research your presentation

 

For example:

 

Instruction words Articulate (discuss, show)
Qualifying words & phrases Foundation* - 2, current era, Prep, Kindergarten
Key concepts

how to teach

readers, writers, creators, speakers, and listeners

KEYWORD ACTIVITY

Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible. Use these keywords and phrases in Primo Search and the Charles Sturt University education databases.

Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.

Topic Analysis

Find additional keywords

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.

Oxford Reference Online is a huge repository of subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference-type material.

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