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The Preparing for Your Final Paper assignments in this course are designed with two aims in mind. First, the assignments should provide you an opportunity to think through major components of your paper in order to streamline the writing of the paper later in the term. Second, they should provide you an opportunity to get feedback from your professor in order to troubleshoot potential problems early in the course. Both of these aims are designed to save you time over the long run.
First, read the final paper guidelines in the syllabus. As you can see, in this module you will need to select an author from one of the theoretical frameworks identified in Spring’s taxonomy of comparative and international education research.
Second, spend some time reviewing the three theoretical orientations identified in the Spring chapter assigned for this week. You will see that Spring mentions scholars associated with each theoretical framework, and you may be aware of other scholars who may fit into one of the frameworks.
Third, bearing in mind the final paper’s requirements, identify one scholar who will serve as the focus of your paper in this course. Bear in mind that the researcher’s extant work should be substantive and extensive enough to support the goals of the research paper. Include a rationale as to what you find interesting about that scholar. Then, write a draft for the “Brief biographical sketch” section in your final paper. Situate the researcher’s major research contributions as appropriate within the biography. In searching for your scholar, be sure that you select an author who works to a considerable degree with comparative and international global research.
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Fourth, draft the title page and the “Introduction and rationale” section to your paper with introductory sentence(s) and a description of your rationale as to what you find interesting about that scholar and why that scholar was chosen.
Finally, write a draft for the “Brief biographical sketch” section in your final paper. Situate the researcher’s major research contributions as appropriate within the biography and include key turning points in the researcher’s life, including any supporting details you can find, such as the author’s field of specialty is (e.g., psychology, education policy, economics, sociology, etc.), where the author has worked and taught, the author’s main collaborators, etc. As you can see, it will be very helpful if you are able to find your scholar’s curriculum vitae. The CV will help you see workplaces and career changes as well as the research interests that have been most central in this scholar’s work. You can revise this section as you go through the course and develop a better understanding of your chosen scholar.
Total length, not including bibliography, should not exceed 500 words.