Each of you will compose a
research paper of at least 10 pages on one of the following general topics,
which you must narrow down to a workable size -- with my approval.
policy in American Schools since their beginnings.
Teachers in American Schools
Curriculum in American Schools
Race in American Schools
Education of Native Americans
Local Control and American Schools
Religion and the American Schools
Multiculturalism and the American Schools
The paper must have a minimum of 4 book sources and 5 journal sources; you
may not use web sources unless you are certain they are reputable, scholarly works on-line journals are
fine if they are in fact reputable, scholarly journals. It might be best to
check up on them before you use them. (If you have any doubts about a
particular site, ask me.) Please also be well aware of the difference
between a scholarly journal and other kinds of periodicals, such as
magazines and newspapers. You should rely exclusively on research-based
books and articles written by scholars, not journalistic opinion
pieces. (Though you are welcome to cite them, the assigned text materials
from Spring and the on-line history may not be counted in this number.)
I expect you to identify your
paper in the standard way name, course number, and date of submission on
the first page, and your name and a page number on each subsequent page.
(Use the Footer function in your word-processor for the page numbering.) I
expect your paper to have a title that reflects the content of the paper.
The ten (10) pages does not
include notes and bibliography. I expect a minimum of 10 pages (2500 words)
of text. If you submit only the minimum number of pages and the minimum
number of sources, your paper will receive no higher grade than a ³C.²
Minimal work gets minimum grade.
The paper is due at the beginning of the period on 3/4/08. However, each of you will meet with me individually prior
to the due date (See the calendar for the exact dates of those
I can read a draft of your paper. (I expect that draft to be as final as
you feel you can make it at that time. You will still have some time to
make any corrections I specify.) If you have any doubts about your paper
prior to that meeting, you should come see me. Don't wait until this
scheduled conference. That will be kind of late to make major changes.
This course is designated as a ³Writing Intensive² course, so I will grade
the papers both on content and writing. I expect high quality academic
writing. (See Illinois State Board of Education ³Content-Area Standards for
Educators,² ³Core Language Arts Standards for All Teachers.²) If you have
problems producing quality academic writing, seek help from me or someone
else. Though I will help you with your writing, I will not do your
proofreading and editing. You will be graded separately on the prospectus,
on the preliminary bibliography, and on the paper.
I also expect you to be very careful about avoiding plagiarism. Plagiarism
is a violation of the Knox Honor Code. You can be discharged from the
college for violating it. If you need a definition, look in your handbook.
You must cite your sources
according to the standards outlined in the American
Psychological Association¹s handbook. These are provided for you in Rules
for Writers. It is your responsibility to have a copy of that book
and to consult it carefully.