ECR Structured Abstract

Dear ECR Investigator,

The Center for Advancing Research and Communication in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ARC) is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research and provide a variety of services in support of the REAL program and community of researchers. One of these services is being made available to the ECR community as well. To help promote awareness of the ECR program and its contributions to STEM education, ARC will compile a standard abstract of all ECR awards.

Unlike the REAL abstracts, these will not be publicly available online. To ensure consistency in the descriptions of each project’s key characteristics and major outcomes, we would appreciate your using the form below to provide some background information about your ECR project. Your participation is voluntary, although your answers will be invaluable in helping us describe the goals and results (when available) of individual projects to ECR PIs and Program Officers. You will have a chance to revise your abstract after the Core Launch meeting.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. If you would like to revise your abstract in any way after consultation with your Program Officer, let me know that as well. Thank you very much for your assistance!

Kevin Brown, Director

About Your ECR Project

Background & Purpose
The ECR funds projects that help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in four core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development and broadening participation in STEM. Which of the above best describes the core area of research your project involves, using categories established in the 2013 ECR program announcement?
The ECR program funds two different types of projects, full research projects and those that develop capacity for research . Which of the above best describes the type of project your research involves, using categories established in the 2013 ECR program announcement?
The Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development developed collaboratively by NSF and IES have identified six types of educational research including foundational, early stages or exploratory, design and development, efficacy, effectiveness, and scale-up research. Which of the above best describes the type of project your research involves, using categories established in the Common Guidelines? (please check all that apply)
IF APPLICABLE, please provide a one- or two-sentence description of the place(s) studied (e.g., institutional setting(s), district(s), geographical location(s)). (Please note: we understand the importance of preserving the anonymity of sites participating in some studies; if this is a concern for you, it would be helpful to characterize the type of setting in which your work is conducted.)
7. Time Period
Please indicate the time period during which these places are being studied.
Which of the above best describe the overall design of your research project? (Please check all that apply)
Population of Interest & Study Sample
If YES, please provide a one- to three- sentence description of the population(s) of the study sample(s), (e.g., the number(s) of units sampled and selection criteria).
11. Educational Level
Which of the following educational level(s) are targeted by your project? (Please check all that apply).
Research Design
12. Types of Evidence
Research may be designed to generate evidence regarding relationships among variables that is descriptive (recording observations of the characteristics of variables, including across settings and/or the ways in which they change over time), associative (establishing whether a relationship between one set of changes and another exists), correlational (documenting the strength of the relationship), causal (indicating which produces, which results from, the other), or synthetic (drawing together findings and insights across studies and lines of inquiry). Which of the following types of evidence is your project designed to generate, and what design elements do you employ to produce that evidence? (Please check all that apply).
If your project includes an INTERVENTION, what is it?
If applicable, what is the COMPARISON CONDITION?
Data Sources
Data Collection
If NO: skip to Question 14
Data collection YES
How are data collected for this project? (Please check all that apply).
Please provide a brief description of the instruments or measures used in your study (including, if applicable, reference to instruments your project developed or from other sources). Include how your project will determine the technical quality (reliability and validity with respect to inferences) of the instruments you intend to use.
How does your project plan to do/ is doing this?
Which secondary sources are being analyzed?
How will your project address the data management plan required by NSF, including ensuring data quality, security, and availability to other researchers?
Analysis Plan(s)
Please provide a two-or three-sentence description of the methods employed to analyze data.
Discipline(s) Addressed
Findings & Products
Is this project designed to generate particular products (e/g/. curricula, teacher professional development materials, new instruments for measuring outcomes, new cyberlearning techniques)?
If this project is designed to generate particular products, please provide a brief description of the products you expect to generate.
What is the estimated timeline for when the results of this study would be applicable to classroom practice or educational policy?
Please indicate the groups you expect would be immediate consumer(s) of your project's findings. (Please check all that apply)
Has your project generated any findings to date?
If your project has generated findings, please provide a one- to two-paragraph description of key project findings.
Please provide as many references as possible to publicly available descriptions of and reports of your study, including project web sites, academic publications, technical reports, instrumentation, research briefs, working papers, and press releases. Please include URLs for any items available online.
Please include your e-mail address so that we may send you a copy of your completed survey.