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MSPnet Academy Discussion
February 20 - March 5, 2014

"MSPnet Academy: Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development: Support for the Preparation of Proposals"

Edith Gummer, Program Director, National Science Foundation

This webinar will present the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development recently developed by the NSF and the Institute of Education Sciences in the Department of Education. The Guidelines are intended help proposal developers be explicit about research questions, methods and analytic approaches for all types of education research and development efforts. The presentation will discuss how the Guidelines help proposers and awardees consider the relationships between research and development claims and evidence.

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Utility and feasibility question

posted by: Edith Gummer on 2/25/2014 6:32 pm

To what extent are the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development going to be useful to the STEM education research and development community? To what extent will it be feasible for PIs and grant writers to incorporate them into proposals?

Utility and feasibilty question

posted by: Esther Hopkins on 2/26/2014 11:18 am

Should the Federal and State MSP request for proposals include clearer statements on program evaluation? I have read several RFPs on the federal website. I wish that the RFPs had a separate section on evaluation. Including the evaluation information as part of the program description to me seems to discourage PIs from writing clear evaluation plans in their proposal.

guidelines for ed research in math ed on msp projects

posted by: Amy Cohen on 2/26/2014 4:10 pm

I heard one talk that said that these guidelines require at least 60 participants in a project for statistical analysis to be meaningful -- 60 per school with an equal number of control participants in the same school !?!? That might make sense if the participants are kids and the school is large. But how can the teachers be properly "blind" to which kids get the "treatments" and which don't? Most of my partner schools have fewer than 20 math teachers in each -- so no way can I conform to those "guidelines". NSF seems to take the position that one should be "reasonable" rather than "rule bound" -- or so I heard. I hope I heard properly.

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NSF and Dept of Ed research areas

posted by: Marcia Barton on 2/26/2014 11:21 am

Have the NSF and the Dept of Ed officially or informally decided which of the six basic research areas is best housed at which agency, in line with OSTP's policy to avoid duplication of effort? Thank you!