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ED Requests Feedback on Research Centers

The Department of Education (ED) has issued a call for feedback on the work of two Institute of Education Science research centers. The centers will use the feedback to plan their future work.

According to ED, the mission of National Center for Education Research (NCER) is "to support rigorous research that addresses the nation's most pressing education needs, from early childhood to postsecondary and adult education," and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) "sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities." Researchers in education or special education can apply for grants, and the centers award them based on merit and available funds.

ED is seeking feedback to ensure that the centers are contributing to significant advances in research that meets high scientific standards and generating useful knowledge for policymakers and practitioners that contributes to improvements in school readiness and academic outcomes. ED is particularly interested in concrete feedback related to the goals of the two research centers.

The call for feedback includes a series of questions about characteristics of influential studies, issues in need of new research and how the centers can target their funds to do the most good for the fields of education and special education.

Respondents can email their comments to ED until October 31, 2014, and they are encouraged to forward the request for feedback to others.

A PDF of the full request for feedback can be found on ED's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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