Fill out the form below to provide me with an update on your project. If you would like to schedule a meeting with me to discuss your plans, you can do that by going to http://calendly.com/profpow. For best results, you should submit your project update by Wednesday, April 10.
Final Product Ideas
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what form your project will take but remember: the evidence you share with me to show what you’ve learned is what I’ll use to evaluate your project. So try to choose a form that allows you to show as much as possible, but that also allows you to showcase your strengths as a student. This is just a list of ides; feel free to use one (or none) of these as you see fit.
- Research paper: the old standby. You could write a research paper just like all the other research papers you’ve ever written. This is an old reliable form because it works: it’s a great way to show your work and share your knowledge.
- Position paper: an alternative that allows you a little more room to express a viewpoint. Like research papers, there is no single “right” way to write a position paper, but some good (and pretty exhaustive) tips are located here, courtesy of Simon Fraser University in Canada.
- Policy brief: common in the world of policymaking, the venerable policy brief allows you to focus on a specific issue, explore both policy alternatives, and make specific policy recommendations. Our friends in the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill have some excellent guidelines for writing an effective policy brief, which are located here.
Or do something completely different…
It’s your project; you decide how you want to show what you learned. Remember: your goal here is to focus on an education policy issue or topic, or to focus in some way on the politics of education, and show me what you learned about it. Since this is a semester-long project, I’ll expect you to have spent a substantial amount of time on it (a rough, bottom line estimate should be at least an hour a week), and I’ll be looking for projects that demonstrate real understanding of the topics they address.