English Language Center Orientation - Peabody Library: Select Topic

Explore all the library has to offer using this guide for English Language Center students who are part of Peabody College.

Developing Your Research Topic Worksheet

Picking a Topic

To browse possible topics or get inspired by current events, check out these databases:

K-12 Education Topics

Here are some of the current research topics in K-12 education:

  • pandemic response
  • online learning
  • school choice
  • school safety
  • classroom size
  • bullying
  • technology
  • school funding
  • student health
  • student attitudes & behaviors
  • parent involvement

Higher Education Topics

The following topics are from the 2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition. This report profiles key trends and emerging technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning and envisions a number of scenarios and implications for that future. Trends are listed by category below:


  • Well-Being and Mental Health
  • Demographic Changes
  • Equity and Fair Practices


  • Artificial Intelligence: Technology Implications
  • Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE)
  • Analytics and Privacy Questions


  • Cost of Higher Education
  • Future of Work and Skills
  • Climate Change

Higher Education

  • Changes in Student Population
  • Alternative Pathways to Education
  • Online Education


  • Decrease in Higher Education Funding
  • Value of Higher Education
  • Political Polarization

Psychology Topics

Here are some current research topics in the field of psychology:

  • Social media and its effects on depression, anxiety, etc.
  • Effect of ACE (adverse childhood experiences) on later psychological health / criminality
  • Tapering or discontinuation of psychotropic drugs
  • Suicide risk screening and intervention (in college students)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy / cognitive behavior therapy / eye movement desensitization
  • Human-computer interaction systems
  • Additional ideas can be found browsing in the Annual Review of Psychology