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EDD 630
Educational Research Seminar
Overcoming Adversity

Sample Thesis Titles and Papers

Titles of some of the previous theses created in my section of Educational Research are listed on this page.

The first few titles are links to .pdf versions of that anonymized thesis. Please keep a few things in mind when looking at these sample theses:

First, none of these papers are perfect and not all earned As. On the first one, I left in the comments I made so you can also get a sense of how I review papers and what are important points to me. Still, please don’t look at these as exemplars and duplicate their errors; instead, look at them as guides of varying abilities that will each help in different ways but where no one helps you in all ways.
Second, some of the papers are the final product after the first semester and some are the final product after the second semester. I’m not sure I should have mixed them together like this, but figured it should be pretty clear which is which and thus to show you the differences between the two. Remember that after the first semester, you will not have any results or a well-developed discussion section, so those papers without those two parts are from the first semester.
Third, yes, you can use these as guides in your own research. If you are interested in a topic similar to any of these, you can use the articles they cite to help you in your own thesis. (Note that a few of them have too few articles: I increased the minimal number needed at one point.)

I hope both the list and the samples help you think of ideas and see generally what you can hope to gain from participating in my section.