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May 2013

REL Partners with Public Television to Disseminate Research Findings

The Midwest Regional Educational Laboratory (REL Midwest) has taken its dissemination of research findings to a new level—public television. In the past year, REL Midwest has produced three public television events (one each in Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) and plans to have more in the near future. Each event has been based on a different What Works Clearinghouse practice guide—Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, Encouraging Girls in Math and Science, and Dropout Prevention. The goal of these events is to promote greater understanding of research-based strategies related to particular educational challenges, and the use of broadcast expands the potential size and breadth of the audience. » read more

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Use of Technology in Research Projects

Education research is a data-intensive enterprise. Each year, IES awards grants to researchers who propose to conduct secondary data analyses and meta-analyses, develop, implement and evaluate interventions, and develop measurement tools. Almost all of these projects involve data collection.

In recent years, several IES-funded researchers have explored options for more efficient approaches to collecting data from study participants, as well as seeking to reduce the potential for data entry errors. Some of these options were featured during a panel session at a recent IES Principal Investigators' meeting in Washington, DC. Organized by IES's National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), the panel featured researchers who are using hardware (e.g., iPods, iPads, and tablet computers), computer applications, and computer software to improve their data collection processes. One researcher, for example, is using iPod-based diaries to collect information about teacher stress for a social behavioral intervention program. Another researcher is using an iPad app to conduct classroom observations and a third is using a software program to collect electronic data via iPads and tablet computers. In addition, one researcher is using a virtual classroom to study public speaking and attention in students with higher functioning autism. » read more

NCSER Grantee Receives Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education

Jeanne Wilcox of Arizona State University, a NCSER-funded researcher, was awarded the 2013 Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. » read more

Economics Report Card Released

NCES released the results of the 2012 NAEP Economics Report Card on April 24. NAEP administered the Economics assessment to nearly 11,000 twelfth-graders across the nation. » read more

Research Funding Webinars

The National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research are hosting a series of webinars related to FY 2014 research and research training funding opportunities. » read more

NCEE Works with ED on Large-Scale Evaluations

A mission of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) is to conduct independent evaluations of federal education programs administered by the Secretary of Education. This independence permits NCEE's evaluations to be credible and free of political consideration. » read more