CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners: More SearchTopics from Syllabus

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Step 1: Identifying Key Concepts and Synonyms in the Topic

Before you can search for appropriate articles for your bibliography, you need to identify the key concepts in your research topic, and identify any synonyms or alternative terms. Let's look at the first five topics in your syllabus:

Step 1: Identify the key concepts in your research topic.

For example: Increasing Comprehension Skills of At-Risk High School Freshmen Students 

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Concept 1
comprehension  OR critical thinking OR brainstorming OR troubleshooting
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Concept 2
skills OR skill OR ability OR abilities
AND
Concept 3
AND
at risk OR high risk OR potential dropouts OR special needs
AND
Concept 4
high school OR high schools OR secondary education OR
AND
Concept 5  freshmen OR freshman OR Grade 9 OR ninth grade

 

Developing Mathematics Thinking Skills Among Pre-School Children Through a Program of Free Constructive Play

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Concept 1 mathematics  OR math
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Concept 2
thinking skill* OR thinking abilit* OR cognitive processes
AND
Concept 3 kindergarten OR early childhood OR pre-school OR preschools
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Concept 4 play OR constructive play OR free constructive play OR free play


Implementation of a Program to Promote Secondary Science Research Education

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Concept 1 secondary education OR Grade 7 or Grade 8 or Grade 9 or
OR high schools
OR
high school
OR middle schools
OR
middle school
OR junior high
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Concept 2 science
OR
sciences
OR math
OR
mathematics
Or chemistry OR physics OR biology
AND
Concept 3
program OR programs
AND
Concept 4 research OR research studies OR scientific research


Implementation of a Mentorship Program to Improve the Academic Achievement of African American Male High School Students

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Concept 1 mentor
OR
mentors 
OR mentorship
OR
mentoring
OR modeling OR shadowing
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Concept 2 academic achievement OR academic progress OR academic success OR student achievement
AND
Concept 3 African American
OR
African Americans
OR black OR
blacks
OR minority group
OR minority groups
OR ethnic group
OR ethnic groups
AND
Concept 4 male
OR males
OR boy
OR
boys
OR masculine OR
AND
Concept 5 high school
OR
high schools
PR secondary education OR

ninth grade OR tenth grade
OR
eleventh grade OR
twelfth grade

OR Grade 9 OR Grade 10
OR
Grade 11 OR Grade 12

  

Step 2: Identify ERIC Descriptors and Truncated Terms

Step 2: Identify any synonyms or alternative terms. You can look at the ERIC thesaurus for ideas.

You can have more focused results if you identify the ERIC descriptors. These are the subject headings or index terms used by ERIC to locate other resources on the same topic. You can use the ERIC Thesaurus to identify terms.

You can include more alternatives if you truncate words with various spellings. For example, you can use child* to find child, children, childhood, childless, childish, etc. In other words, you use the asterisk (For example,  child* ) to look for those letters as the root or stem in other word.

Increasing Comprehension Skills of At-Risk High School Freshmen Students  -- ERIC Descripters in Yellow

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Concept 1 comprehension  OR critical thinking OR understanding OR cognitive processes OR metacognitive
AND                  
Concept 2 skill* OR abilit*            
AND                  
Concept 3 at risk OR high risk OR remedial OR Special needs OR potential dropouts
AND                  
Concept 4 high school* OR secondary education OR secondary schools OR secondary students    
AND                  
Concept 5 freshman OR freshmen OR Grade 9 OR ninth grade    


Developing Mathematics Thinking Skills Among Pre-School Children Through a Program of Free Constructive Play

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OR  Alternative terms or     
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OR Alternative terms or     
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Concept 1 mathematics  OR math*        
AND              
Concept 2 thiking skill* OR thinking ability OR cognitive processes    
AND              
Concept 3 kindergarten OR early childhood OR pre-school OR preschool
AND              
Concept 4 play OR constructive play OR free constructive play OR free play

 

Implementation of a Program to Promote Secondary Science Research Education

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Concept 1 secondary education OR secondary schools OR
secondary students
OR high school* OR middle school* OR junior high OR Grade 7 or Grade 8 or Grade 9 or
Grade 10 or Grade 11 or Grade 12
AND                  
Concept2 science* OR physics OR biology OR chemistry OR mathematics
AND                  
Concept 3 program*                
AND                  
Concept 4 research OR scientfic research OR research studies        

 

Implementation of a Mentorship Program to Improve the Academic Achievement of African American Male High School Students  

  Alternative terms or     
synonyms
OR Alternative terms or     
synonyms
OR  Alternative terms or     
synonyms
OR Alternative terms or     
synonyms
Concept 1 mentor*  OR coaching OR modeling OR shadowing
AND              
Concept 2 academic achievement OR academic progress OR academic success OR student achievement
AND              
Concept 3 African American* OR black* OR ethnic group* OR minority group*
AND              
Concept 4 male* OR man OR men OR boy*    
AND              
Concept 5 high school* OR secondary education OR secondary students OR
secondary schools
OR Grade 9 OR Grade 10 OR Grade 11 OR Grade 12    

 

Using the Concepts to Search in ERIC

Example 1 -- Keyword search in ERIC (CSA) using key concepts and synonyms:

 

Example 2: Using descriptors and truncated keywords to search in ERIC: