Tutor profile: Amelia L.
What is a thesis statement, and how do you form one?
The thesis statement is the key component of your paper in that it says not only what the paper is about, but how that topic is going to be discussed within the paper. The thesis statement gives the paper direction, and tells readers what they can expect going forward. In creating a thesis, it is important to first decide on the topic of the paper and then how you are going to prove the point being made. A thesis statement should ideally limit the scope of your paper to a focused and well-researched topic that you can support with several items of evidence or proof. For example, I'll use the topic I researched for my honors thesis: The role of support groups in the lives of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Note that my topic itself is already quite specific, but it can get more focused. I want to write my paper on the resources that parents get from support groups. I have researched and found that the support groups provide educational resources as well as resources on places that are accepting of children with ASD. Now I have a focused topic and research that backs up my topic. Now it's time to write the thesis statement. One example might be: Support groups for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders provide valuable educational resources in addition to suggesting resources on leisure and recreational places that are welcoming of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In this statement, I have my main topic (resources provided by support groups) as well as the two main points I will be discussing (educational and recreational resources).
Subject: Early Childhood Education
How does Jean Piaget's philosophy relate to how early childhood education is designed?
Piaget's research led him to the conclusion that children learn through play. He suggests that play is how children are able to meet their physical, intellectual, language, emotional, and social needs. Early childhood education is therefore often designed around the idea that children can learn through play, rather than a formalized classroom setting. For example, children learn important concepts such as sharing and how to deal with disagreements with others through their play.
What are the four subfields or branches of Anthropology? What do they study?
Anthropology has four subfields. The first is archaeology. Archaeology studies past cultures through the artifacts that remain of that culture. Cultural anthropology is the study of existing ways of life for people of various groups, backgrounds, societies, and cultures. Physical anthropology looks at how humans have evolved over time, using comparisons with other primate species to look at how human bodies and behaviors have changed and evolved. Physical anthropology uses fossil remains to study these changes and make inferences based on observations. Linguistics is the study of language and how languages are formed, as well as how language and culture interact and influence each other.
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