71 Best Education Dissertation Topic Ideas

education dissertation topics ideas, explained below

It’s hard to choose and settle on a topic for your education dissertation. When I was choosing my topic, I was confused and uncertain. I wished I had a list like this that would help me out!

The topics below are best for undergraduate (B.A / B.Ed) or masters (M.A / M.Ed) students. Check out these 51 topic ideas, use them, and adapt them to create a topic that suits you.

The Lazy Man’s Top 10

before I dig in…

Here is a quick list of my top 9 favorite education dissertation topic ideas:

  • What skill development strategies can be observed in children’s play?
  • What evidence is there for the theory of multiple intelligences?
  • What are parents’ attitudes toward play-based learning in schools?
  • Is there a correlation between student stress levels and standardized exams?
  • What are the differences in teaching strategies between experienced and novice teachers?
  • What are the greatest challenges faced by teachers in their first 3 years in the profession?
  • What does the literature say about the differences between phonics and whole language learning?
  • What are the factors facilitating successful inclusion of students with behavioral disabilities?
  • What do teachers believe has been the effect of technology on students’ learning?

Read this First: 9 Tips for Choosing a Dissertation Topic

chrisAbout the Author: Dr Chris Drew is a university professor with a PhD in Education. He has supervised countless dissertation students and honors, masters, and PhD level.

Education Dissertation Topic Ideas (List

1. Dissertation Ideas for Studying Early Childhood Education

  • Structured and Unstructured Play: What are the perspectives of parents about the benefits of structured and unstructured play for children?
  • Transitioning to School: What do educators identify as the key challenges of transitioning from early childhood to compulsory schooling settings?
  • Children’s Book Representation: How do the 50 most popular children’s books of the 21st Century promote gender norms? (For this one, consider also using the social graces concept to add a more analytical lens.)
  • Montessori Settings: What do teachers in Montessori educational settings perceive to be the benefits and limitations of a Montessori-style education?
  • Parents’ Anxieties: What are parents’ initial anxieties about sending their children to preschool?
  • Studying Promotional Literature: A semiotic analysis of the representation of the stages of play in early childhood learning center promotional literature.
  • Representation in News: How is the early childhood education and care (ECEC) profession represented in mainstream news?
  • Benefits of ECE: What do parent perceive to be the developmental benefits of early childhood education for their children?
  • Impact of Digital Technologies on Early Learning: Exploring how the use of tablets, educational apps, and digital storytelling influences cognitive and social development in preschool children.
  • Parental Involvement and Its Effects on Early Childhood Education: Examining the role of parental engagement in the educational outcomes and social development of preschool children.
  • Comparative Study of Outdoor Versus Indoor Play in Early Childhood Development: Assessing the impact of outdoor play environments versus traditional indoor classrooms on physical, emotional, and cognitive growth in young children.
  • Nutrition and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Investigating the correlation between nutritional intake and cognitive development in preschool-aged children.
  • Early Intervention Strategies for Children with Special Needs: Exploring effective early intervention techniques for children with developmental delays or disabilities in early childhood education settings.
  • The Role of Storytelling in Language Development: Analyzing how storytelling and narrative play contribute to language acquisition and literacy skills in early childhood.
  • Effects of Teacher-Child Ratio on Learning Outcomes: Evaluating the impact of teacher-to-child ratios in preschool settings on individual attention, learning outcomes, and overall classroom dynamics.
  • Exploring Play-Based Learning Versus Structured Curriculum in Early Education: Comparing the outcomes of play-based learning approaches to more structured, curriculum-based methods in early childhood education.
  • Social-Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Education: Investigating the integration and effectiveness of social-emotional learning programs in fostering emotional intelligence, empathy, and interpersonal skills in young children.
  • Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Classrooms: Investigating how educators can integrate various cultural backgrounds and practices into their teaching to create an inclusive environment for children.

2. Dissertation Ideas for Studying Elementary Teaching

  • Piaget’s Stages: Are Piaget’s stages of development an accurate reflection of the abilities of children in the concrete stage of development?
  • Behavior Management Styles: What are teachers’ perspectives of authoritarian behavior management strategies?
  • Behavior Management Strategies: What do teachers perceive as the most effective behavior management strategy for children aged 5 – 7?
  • Pros and Cons of Homework: What do parents perceive to be the benefits of no homework for children?
  • Autism in Classrooms: What are parents’ perceptions and concerns about integration of children with autism into mainstream classrooms?
  • Seating Arrangements: How do changes in seating arrangements from rows to table groups impact learning in a Grade 5 classroom?
  • Benefits of Play Breaks: According to educators, what are the benefits and limitations of regular play breaks for learning?
  • Phonics vs Whole Language Learning: What do teachers perceive to be the benefits and limitations of the phonics versus whole language learning approaches to literacy?
  • Development through Play: What skill development strategies can be observed in children’s play during recess breaks in schools?
  • Compulsory School Uniforms: What do educators in a school that has compulsory school uniforms see as the educational benefits or drawbacks of compulsory uniforms?
  • Sense of Belonging: What are the barriers and opportunities for promoting a ‘sense of belonging’ in primary school classrooms?
  • Technology Integration in Elementary Classrooms: Investigating the impact of integrating technology such as interactive whiteboards and educational software on student engagement and learning outcomes.
  • Differentiated Instruction Strategies: Evaluating the effectiveness of differentiated instruction in meeting the diverse learning needs of students in elementary school settings.
  • Parent-Teacher Communication: Analyzing the role of parent-teacher communication in student academic performance and behavioral development in elementary schools.
  • Impact of Bilingual Education: Exploring the cognitive, linguistic, and academic outcomes of bilingual education programs in elementary schools.
  • Teacher Perceptions of Standardized Testing: Investigating elementary school teachers’ views on the impact of standardized testing on teaching practices and student learning.
  • Social Skills Development Through Cooperative Learning: Examining the effectiveness of cooperative learning strategies in promoting social skills and teamwork among elementary school students.
  • Environmental Education in Elementary Curriculum: Analyzing the impact of incorporating environmental education into the elementary curriculum on students’ awareness and attitudes towards environmental issues.

Related: How to Write a Dissertation from Beginning to End

3. Dissertation Ideas for Studying Middle & High School Contexts

  • Homework vs Extracurricular Activities: What are students’ perceptions of the impact of homework on their after school extracurricular activities?
  • Nationalism in Curriculum Documents: How are nationalist ideologies reinforced and challenged in the current curriculum documents of [your jurisdiction]?
  • Preparation for Life: What are students’ perceptions of how well school prepares them for university / trades / real life?
  • Standardized Tests: What are students’ / teachers’/ parents’ perceptions of standardized tests in high school?
  • Mentorship: What do high school teachers in leadership positions perceive to be the best approaches to mentoring early career teachers?
  • Childhood Citizenship: Which models of childhood citizenship are evident in [your jurisdiction’s] curriculum?
  • Traits of Quality Teachers: What do parents perceive to be the traits of quality teachers in primary school vs. high school?
  • Students’ Perceptions of Teachers: What do adolescents see as the qualities of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ teachers?
  • Moral Values in Education: What do educators see as their role versus parents’ roles in promoting the moral values of children?
  • Migrant Challenges in the School System: What do parents of immigrant children see as the challenges their children face in schools in their new nation?

4. Educational Technology Dissertation Ideas

  • Use of Electronic Whiteboards: How prepared do pre-service teachers feel about teaching using Electronic White Boards?
  • Mobile Phones in the Classroom: What are parents’ perceptions of classroom mobile phone apps that are designed to increase parent-student interactions?
  • Impact of Technology on Learning: What are teachers’ perspectives of the impact of technology on student learning?
  • Gaming for Creative Writing: Can gaming help promote creative writing skills among boys aged 10-12?
  • Best Age for Introducing Technology: What age do parents perceive to be the best age for introducing children to technology?
  • Boys vs Girls Technology Usage: What are the differences between boys’ and girls’ technology usage habits during free time at school?
  • Online Learning Benefits and Challenges: What social, pedagogical and cognitive benefits and limitations do students face when learning online?
  • Use of AI Large Language Models: How can Large Language Models like ChatGPT be beneficial for learning?

5. General Education and Teaching Dissertation Ideas

  • The Value of University: What do experienced educators perceive is the value of their university education?
  • Poverty and Education: What are teachers’ perceptions of the barriers and opportunities to learning for children in poverty?
  • Challenges faced by [Gender] Teachers: What challenges do male educators face in their first 5 years of teaching?
  • Anti-Bullying Policies: What are the main ways school leaders approach whole-school anti-bullying policy development?
  • Behavior Management for Developmental Delays: How do teachers differentiate their behavior management strategies for children with developmental delays?
  • Netiquette: What do teachers believe to be effective netiquette rules for online learning?
  • Motivations for Taking a Promotion: What are the factors that impact teachers’ motivations for promotion into leadership positions in schools?
  • Reflective Practice: What do teachers perceive to be the role of reflection in their practice, and what are the most common reflective practice strategies among practitioners?
  • Theory Testing: What evidence is there for the theory of multiple intelligences?
  • Extroverts vs Introverts: How do Introverted and Extroverted Students Learn Differently?
  • Purpose of Schooling: What do parents perceive to be the purpose of schooling?
  • Experienced vs Novice Teachers: What differences are there in behavior management strategies for experienced versus novice teachers?
  • Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation: What do teachers believe are the benefits and challenges of intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation strategies?

6. Ideas that Involve Interviewing your Classmates!

A lot of my students like to use this idea because they can use a snowball sampling method rather than having to seek out teachers or schools to interview and study:

  • Concerns in Entering the Teaching Profession: What do pre-service teachers see as their biggest worries about entering the teaching profession?
  • Feeling Unprepared: What do pre-service teachers perceive to be the major factors that their degree does not prepare them for, before entering the workforce?
  • Benefits of a Dissertation Project: What do a cohort of teacher education students see as the benefits of conducting a final dissertation project prior to entering the profession? (see also: cohort effect)
  • Differences in Perspectives (Freshman vs Senior): What are the differences between freshman (first year) and senior (final year) students’ perspectives of the role of the classroom teacher in the 21st Century?

Read Also: 25 Sociology Dissertation Ideas

What to do once you Choose your Topic for an Education Dissertation

education dissertation topics

Hopefully by now you have highlighted or written down 3 topics that caught your eye.

I recommend for your next step that you organize a meeting with your dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will talk with you about your three ideas and give you advice on which to choose and why.

Each university has different requirements, so you’ll need to get input from your supervisor. Your supervisor is the person who can help you to navigate the special requirements of your particular program of study.

You’ll find that you and your supervisor will be able to tailor your chosen topic to you and your needs.

Good luck, and please do leave a comment below if you found this post useful!

I’m also always looking for more ideas to add to this list so if you came up with another idea, share it below.

Chris
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Dr. Chris Drew is the founder of the Helpful Professor. He holds a PhD in education and has published over 20 articles in scholarly journals. He is the former editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. [Image Descriptor: Photo of Chris]

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