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Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development
  • Janice Earle
  • Rugh Neild
This document describes NSF and ED’s shared understandings of the roles of various types or
“genres” of research in generating evidence about strategies and interventions for increasing
student learning. These research types range from studies that generate the most fundamental
understandings related to education and learning (for example, about brain activity), to research
that examines associations between variables, iteratively designs and tests components of a
strategy or intervention, or is designed to assess impact of a fully-developed intervention on an
education-related outcome. More specifically, the document describes the agencies’ expectations
for the purpose of each type of research, the empirical and/or theoretical justifications for different
types of studies, types of project outcomes, and quality of evidence.
  • Evaluation,
  • Education Research,
  • Effectiveness Evaluation,
  • Efficacy Evaluation,
  • Exploratory Evaluation
Publication Date
Fall 2013
J. Earle, R. Maynard & R. Neild
Institute of Education Sciences & National Science Foundation
Citation Information
Janice Earle, REBECCA A MAYNARD and Rugh Neild. Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development. Washington, DC(2013)
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