Work 1: Educational Theory Scholarly Essay

Write a scholarly essay that aligns with one of the theories or theoretical concepts introduced in this course.

Choosing a Topic: Look ahead into the course learning module to get a sense of upcoming ideas—don’t feel constrained to explore concepts introduced early in the course. Or explore a related theory or concept of your own choosing that is relevant to the course themes.

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Scholarly Essay vs. Literature Review

Both a Scholarly Essay and a Literature Review rely on scholarly sources.

We do not require students in our LDL Courses to follow the literature review genre for the Work 1 Scholarly Essay, however, we encourage our LDL doctoral students to familiarize themselves with the Literature Review Guidelines during the regular LDL coursework. During your regular coursework, strive to apply at least one principle each time and improve with each work so that you are better-prepared once you enter the Exam-Dissertation Sequence when the literature review genre is enforced.

Scholarly Essay Details

Course and Experiential Alignment

Create a section for your experiential/interest alignment as well as alignment with the course themes.

Scholarly Sources: Theoretical and Empirical

Your work must be in the form of a narrative scholarly essay that references at least 10 scholarly sources (peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books). Search and read at least 5 new scholarly sources that you have not previously read or used in this or other courses.  In the references section, you should add an asterisk in front of each new scholarly source.

Outline the theory or define the concept referring to the theoretical and research literature and illustrate the significance of the theory using examples of this concept at work in pedagogical practice, supported by scholarly sources.

Work Requirements

Connection with course ideas: A work must explicitly connect with an idea or reference introduced in the course. You should have a clear mention of the course ideas in your work.

Rubric: Use the ‘Knowledge Process Rubric’ against which others will review your work, and against which you will do your self-review at the completion of your final draft. You will find this rubric at the Rubrics for Peer-Reviewed Works page, and also in CGScholar: Creator => Feedback => Reviews => Rubric.

Scholarly Sources: At least 10 scholarly sources, with at least 5 being new.

Word length: at least 2,000 words for the main body of the work, not including the experiential and course alignment, introduction, conclusion, and references sections.

Work Elements:

  1. Alignment to Course Themes
  2. Experiential Alignment
  3. Introduction
  4. Theoretical Concepts
  5. Critiques and Limitations
  6. Gaps in the Literature – optional
  7. Conclusion
  8. References

Media: Include at least 7 media elements, such as images, diagrams, infographics, tables, embedded videos, (either uploaded into CGScholar, or embedded from other sites), web links, PDFs, datasets, or other digital media. Be sure these are well integrated into your work. Explain or discuss each media item in the text of your work. You should refer to specific points of the video with time codes or the particular aspects of the media object that you want your readers to focus on. Caption each item sourced from the web with a link and be sure to cite all media sources in the references list.

References: Include a References “element” or section with at least 10 sources (at least 5 must be new scholarly sources) that you have used and referred to in the text, plus any other necessary or relevant references, including websites and media.  You should specifically add an asterisk in front of each new scholarly source that you use, with at least 5 being new sources.

Additional Resources
Scholarly Essay Checklist

Scholarly Essay Checklist