What is your education concentration?
Consider the topic: ELEPHANTS!!!
Elephants are endangered; I want to protect them.
Elephants are underrepresented.
I think it would be interesting.
There is a lot I know about elephants.
I know that my solution will have an impact.
|It is...||It is not...|
an unanswered question.
an opportunity to look at a problem in a different way.
a chance to analyze the problem with a different population.
something that will add new understanding.
a duplication of someone else’s study.
a pet project – a “just because I want to”.
Example Sample and Problem: African Savanna Elephants in Kruger National Park with Purple toenails
There is a problem with purple-toenails among elephants (Smit, 2015) in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Despite the vigilant management of animal care by the park employees and managers (Engelbrecht, 2016) this rare condition continues occurring. This problem negatively affects the park, as the cost of continued isolation of these elephants results in more money spent on operations and management of these individual affected animals (Zulu, 2017). Botha (2015) noted the cost for management of single groups of animals was cost-prohibitive and led to poorer overall care and management of all Kruger National Park animals and increased occurrences of poaching resulting in increased costs related to game law enforcement. A possible cause of the purple toenail problem may be diet, habits, or care of this group of animals (Nkosi, 2014). Perhaps a study which investigates diet, habits, and care of these animals by a ___________ methodological approach could remedy the situation.