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NCER announces FY 2012 Awards

Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A)

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) recently made 33 new awards to applications considered under the September 2011 deadline for the FY 2012 Education Research Grants Program competition. These awards are:

Cognition and Student Learning

Improving Academic Achievement by Teaching Growth Mindsets about Emotion
Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, James Gross

Combining Advantages of Collaborative and Individual Learning with an Intelligent Tutoring System for Fractions
Carnegie Mellon University, Vincent Aleven

The Effects of Arts-Integration on Retention of Content and Student Engagement
Johns Hopkins University, Mariale Hardiman

Spatial Ability as a Malleable Factor for Math Learning
Michigan State University, Kelly Mix

Teaching Perceptual and Conceptual Processes in Graph Interpretation
Northwestern University, Steven Franconeri

Enhancing Learning and Transfer of Science Principles via Category Construction
The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Kenneth Kurtz

Coordinating Multiple Representations: A Comparison of Eye Gaze Patterns of High School Students Who Do and Do Not Enroll in Calculus
Temple University, Jennifer Cromley

Developing a Teacher-Based Intervention Involving Memory-Relevant Language During Instruction
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peter A. Ornstein

Early Learning Programs and Policies

A Randomized Efficacy Trial of the Kids in Transition to School (KITS) Program to Improve the School Readiness of Children in Disadvantaged Communities
Oregon Social Learning Center, Katherine Pears

Using Validated Measures of Children's Engagement with Teachers, Peers, and Tasks to Guide Teachers' Response Toward Children with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
Rectors & Visitors of the University of Virginia, Jason Downer

Efficacy Trial of MyTeachingPartner-Mathematics and Science Curricula and Implementation Support System
Rectors & Visitors of the University of Virginia, Mable Kinzie

Research and Development of Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs): Early Literacy Identification Measures for Spanish-English Bilingual Children
Regents of the University of Minnesota, Scott McConnell

Getting Ready for School: An Integrated Curriculum to Help Teachers and Parents Support Preschool Children's Early Literacy, Math, and Self-Regulation Skills
Trustees of Columbia in the City of New York, Helena Duch

Education Technology

Intelligent Scaffolding for Peer Reviews of Writing
University of Pittsburgh, Diane Litman

Burst:Reading Efficacy Study
Wireless Generation, Larry Berger

Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching

Replicating the CGI Experiment in Diverse Environments
Florida State University, Robert Schoen

Dialogic Teaching: Professional Development in Classroom Discussion to Improve Students' Argument Literacy
The Ohio State University, Ian Wilkinson

Updating Middle School Mathematics Diagnostics Teacher Assessments in Mathematics & Science (DTAMS)
University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., William S. Bush

English Learners

Improving Reading Comprehension of Middle Grades English Language Learners by Combining Structure Strategy with Web-Based Adaptive Tutoring for EL Learners (SWELL)
Pennsylvania State University, Kausalai Wijekumar

Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership

Early Truancy Prevention Project
Duke University, Philip Cook

Getting Students to the Finish Line: An Efficacy Study of a Ninth Grade Early Warning Indicator Intervention
Johns Hopkins University, Robert Balfanz

Doubling Up? The Impact of Remedial Algebra on Students' Long-Run Outcomes
President and Fellows of Harvard College, Joshua Goodman

The Influence of School Leadership on Instruction and Student Learning: A Longitudinal Examination of Leadership in Chicago Public Schools
The University of Chicago, Elaine Allensworth

Curricular Reform and Classroom Peer Ability: School-Specific and Citywide Effects
The University of Chicago, Takako Nomi

Misattribution of Teacher Value-Added
Umut Ozek

Mathematics and Science Education

SimScientists Assessment System
WestEd, Edys Quellmalz

The Development of an Intelligent Pedagogical Agent for Physical Science Inquiry Driven by Educational Data Mining
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Janice Gobert

Postsecondary and Adult Education

Factors Associated with Postsecondary Success for Students with Disabilities
SRI International, Lynn Newman

Reading and Writing

Exploration of Automated Writing Strategy Instruction for Adolescent Writings Using The Writing Pal
Arizona State University, Danielle McNamara

Exploring the Contribution of Social, Cognitive, and Linguistic Factors on the Development of Style Shifting by Young African-American English-speaking Students Learning to Read
Regents of the University of Michigan, Holly Craig

The Roles of Instruction and Component Skills in Reading Achievement
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc., Lee Branum-Martin

Peer Assisted Writing Strategies (PAWS)
University of Pittsburgh, Cynthia Puranik

Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning

A Neuroscience-Based Health Curriculum to Promote Academic Success
Duke University, Leslie Babinski


Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (84.305B)

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) recently made three new awards to applications considered under the September 2011 deadline for the FY 2012 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences competition. These awards are:

NYU/Columbia Postdoctoral Training Program
New York University, Jennifer Hill

Children's Learning Research Collaborative Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research Training in the Education Sciences
The Ohio State University, Laura Justice

Postdoctoral Training Program on Human Capital Interventions in Development
University of California, Irvine, Greg Duncan


Education Research and Development Center Program (CFDA 84.305C)

NCER recently made two new awards to applications considered under the September 2011 deadline for the FY 2012 Education Research and Development Center competition. These awards are:

National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)
American Institutes for Research, Jane Hannaway

Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL): Developing Instructional Approaches Suited to the Cognitive and Motivational Needs for Struggling Adults
Georgia State University, Daphne Greenberg


Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (CFDA 84.305D)

NCER recently made four new awards to applications considered under the September 2011 deadline for the FY 2012 Statistical and Research Methodology in Education competition. These awards are:

Hierarchical Network Models for Education Research
Carnegie Mellon University, Brian Junker

Assessing the Fit of the Statistical Model Used in the National Assessment of Educational Progress
Educational Testing Service, Sandip Sinharay

Weighting Methods for Mediation Analysis in Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Multilevel Data
National Opinion Research Center (NORC), Guanglei Hong

Matching Strategies for Observational Studies with Multilevel Data in Educational Research
University of Wisconsin Madison, Peter Steiner


Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies (CFDA 84.305E)

NCER recently made three new awards to applications considered under the September 2011 deadline for the FY 2012 Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies competition. These awards are:

Assessment of the Florida College and Career Readiness Initiative
CNA Corporation, Christine Mokher

Evaluation of the Long-Term Effects of Retention under New York City's Student Promotion Policy
RAND Corporation, Louis Mariano

The Effect of Dual-Language Immersion on Student Achievement in the Portland Public Schools
RAND Corporation, Jennifer Steele