Your assignment question will generally give you three key pieces of information:
You have a better chance of finding information and answering your assignment question if you have a clear idea of the concept of your assignment.
For example, Assessment item 2 for ESA512 is:
Choose a contemporary educational issue of interest, with implications for practice within your school system, and write a comparative case study, comparing at least two and no more than three educational jurisdictions and the ways in which each of them addresses challenges, and finds solutions to, the issue chosen.
Possible educational issues (challenges and solutions):
|Limits and Qualifiers||
Two-three educational jurisdictions
|Task or Instructional Term||
Comparative case study
A topic analysis will help you to clarify what your assessment question is asking you to do. It is also the foundation upon which you will build a solid search strategy - so make sure you don't skip this step!
The video below describes the process of conducting a topic analysis.
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.
Once you have identified the key concepts of your topic it is often useful to find alternative keywords.
This is a useful exercise because the words used in the different material might vary and you don't want to miss out on a good source because it uses a different term.
|Curriculum||Syllabus, subjects, program of studies|
|Education||Literacy, schooling, teaching, training, learning|
|Diversity||Inclusion, marginalisation, culturally diverse, race, ethnicity|
Online dictionaries and thesauri can help you identify synonyms or related terms. Oxford Reference is an online collection of dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, companions, and encyclopaedias that can help with this.
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