Research Paper Guidelines

Provide a cover page indicating the Course, your name, Topic and Date
(This page should NOT be Numbered).

B. Maximum length of paper should be 13 pages, Minimum – 8 pages.

C. Paper should be typed (double spaced) and printed on ONE SIDE of the sheet. USE THE 12- POINT FONT AND THE TIMES NEW ROMAN STYLE.

NOTE: Your Printer ink SHOULD BE DARK – A FAINT OR LIGHT PRINT WILL BE REJECTED AND WILL NOT BE GRADED.

NOTE: Your paper should NOT use Wikipedia or such sources, your paper will be rejected if you use them. Use Online scholarly journal articles, books, Encyclopedia Britannica.

*I will be checking for your analytical skills more than just providing an account of your topic.

D. Your paper should include the following:

-Table of Contents – (This page should NOT be Numbered)
-Introduction – (Start Numbering from this page)
-Main Body of Discussion
-Conclusion & Suggestions
-References/Bibliography (This part does NOT count as part of the Maximum length of the paper but should be numbered).

Example:

Table of Contents

Section Page

Introduction………………………………………… 1

Brief history of Ghana…………………………….. 2

Colonial rule in Ghana…………………………….. 4

Colonial Education in Ghana……………………… 7

Conclusion…………………………………………… 9

References………………………………………….. 11

E. Introduction:

  1. Your introduction should state clearly the purpose of your paper and any other related issues to be discussed, with reference to the topic.
  2. You may begin your introduction this way: In this paper, I shall discuss the impact of colonialism on Africa and the African peoples. Specifically, it focuses on the role of colonial education and its effects on the Kenyan society.

OR

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effects of colonial education on the Kenyan society. Related issues to be discussed include the nature and goals colonialism, the colonial school curriculum and its effects on the people and the society.

OR

This paper examines the effects of colonial education on the Kenyan society and its people. It discusses the colonial school curriculum, the nature of the education system and its effects on the society and the people. It also provides suggestions for the restructuring of Kenyan education system in efforts to make education relevant to the socio-economic needs of the present Kenyan society.

The main Body of your paper:

 This section should be divided into specific subheadings, with each section discussing one specific aspect of the topic.

Example:

A Brief History of Ghana

Colonial Rule in Ghana: 1884-1957

Ghana was colonized by the British in the late 19th century. At first the British met some resistance from the people, particularly the Ashantis of the forest belt but they were defeated in …………………………………

Colonial Education in Ghana

The education system introduced by the British in colonial Ghana was based on…………………….

F. Citations – Indicate sources where applicable throughout your paper.

Example:

“According to Oyewumi (2005), gender relations in Africa is based on Seniority rather than ………………………….

OR

Gender relations in Africa, is based on seniority rather than biology due to the cultural perceptions of the people, particularly among the Yoruba of Western Nigeria (Oyewumi, 1997: 104).

Note:

You may cite Internet sources this way:

According to John Bardon, domestic violence is a social cancer which keeps spreading like wildfire without any firm strategy to stop it
( ghanaweb.com, May 13, 2006).

Direct Quotes (2-3 sentences):

Direct Quotes (more than 3 sentences):

This argument is similarly supported by John Smith who states:

The study of African history has long been the subject of debate in regards to the evidence provided, largely due to the oral sources. That is, should we accept oral tradition as valid knowledge or scientific? If the former, then how do we prove its validity over time? If the latter, what criterion do we use to achieve its scientific nature? This has been the cause of the main argument. On the other hand, how do we also attest to the validity of the written word? Is it also not biased? The issue must be explored further (Smith, 2001: 25).

G. Conclusion

Example:

“The purpose of this paper was to examine the impact of colonial education o the Kenyan people and their society. It discussed the nature of the colonial education system, the curriculum and the effects of this education on the people. Based on the research findings, it could be concluded that colonial education greatly contributed to the present social and economic problems of Kenya, particularly in regards to the development of agriculture and the production of food. The education provided only served the British colonialists without taking into account the well being of the native Kenyans.

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