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Community College Exec Leadership - Cohort V  

Fall 2016
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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Question:

What are the implications of No Child Left Behind policy?

 Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:

     What are the implications of No Child Left Behind policy?

Good Initial Search Terms: (Think of synonyms)

     implications,  "No Child Left Behind"


Step 2: Get Background Information


  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias


Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

Build a list of keywords and synonyms


NCLB • "No Child Left Behind" • "No Child Left Behind Act"
Performance • Evaluation • Outcomes • Results
Failing • Passing Success

(Additional Concepts)
"Elementary and Secondary Education Act" • "Standards-Based Education"

Students • Teachers

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