Notes for criterion 1

1. Definition of a coherent and well defined educational issue. 

Did the paper include a concise statement of the educational issue to be explored? This issue is evident in the search strategy and reflected in the choice of research included in the annotated bibliography and the mind map? Were key terms and ideas defined?


This is where you describe the issue of interest. Always good to put a little personal input about why the issue is of interest or important to you. You will likely have collected much more than ten references. Your task is really to work out which of those, from what you have collected is worth spending the time on to write an annotation. You may find the worked example of scoping an issue useful.

It's impossible for me to know what search strategy you used. I only hope you've worked on improving it using some of the resources from the course. What I can tell from the annotations and the reference itself is whether of not the set of references is consistent with the description of your issue.

I am also keenly aware that in the time between finishing the annotated bibliography and drafting the professional paper, your focus may shift a little or even a lot. This is normal. Don't panic. You are not trapped into only making use of the ten you select for this exercise as the sole basis for your professional paper.

In your introduction you do need to think about the key terms you are using. Rather than you having to worry about defining them yourself, simply draw on the literature, e.g.

I am using the term intervention following the work of Bloggs and Jones (2005), in which they distinguish the intervention by classroom teachers from interventions from other knowledge authority sources.

The whole submission needs to be coherent, i.e. that the points you make in your introduction and in the annotations are also reflected in your mind map.



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