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ERIC Number: EJ815590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Discovering "What's Innovative": The Challenge of Evaluating Education Research and Development Efforts
Yin, Robert K.; Hackett, Edward J.; Chubin, Daryl E.
Peabody Journal of Education, v83 n4 p674-690 Oct 2008
National Science Foundation's (NSF's) MSP Program seeks foremost "to improve student outcomes in high-quality mathematics and science by all students, at all pre-K-12 levels". The MSP Program, consisting of a portfolio of funded projects, in part positions itself as a research and development (R&D) program. This study has addressed the need to assess how well the R&D function is working, beyond the program's possible impact on existing pre-K-12 systems. The study discusses and enumerates discoveries and innovations in education and other fields. In so doing, the study suggests four types of discovery and innovation that can be monitored as part of an assessment of the MSP Program: uncovering, inventing, explaining, and substantiating. The study concludes that the needed R&D assessment can occur by monitoring the funded projects for their formal presentations and publications for evidence of these four types of discovery and innovation. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A