Reference Material in the form of subject dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks typically provide background essays, definitions, broad overviews of various topics, or other pertinent facts. Online reference material can be searched via collections like Sage eReference.
Students should choose a professional, peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the area of elementary education published in the past 5 years that is of interest to you and that also relates to Human Development in some way. Possible Research Topics: Major Theorists: Jean Piaget (Stages of Development), Lev Vygotsky (Sociocultural Theory), Lawrence Kohlberg (Stages of Moral Development), Eric Erickson (Psychosocial Stages), Albert Bandura (Social Learning Theory), Abraham Maslow (Hierarchy of Needs), Robert Gardner (Multiple Intelligences). More Possible Topics: Emergent Literacy, Emotional Intelligence, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Frederick Froebel, Maria Montessori, Nell Noddings, Gender Differences, Multicultural Education, Bilingual Education, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Culturally Relevant Instruction, Dual Language Instruction, Mentor Texts, Charter Schools, Cooperative Learning, Flipped Instruction, Social Media Impact on Education, Digital Literacies, Multimodal Presentations.