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Finding References for NSF Proposals


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Tips on how and where to find educational references for NSF proposals.

What do NSF reviewers look for?
Many of the same things that reviewers in the research directorates.

- Innovative ideas that can potentially have broad application in other settings
- Partnerships/collaborations
- A well-developed and detailed plan with timeline
- Knowledge of the field - what’s been done
- Knowledge of what NSF has funded
- Knowledge of the discipline (education) literature

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Finding References for NSF Proposals

  1. 1. Finding References for NSF Proposals: What’s been done? Why should you care? Liz Dorland [email_address] Current address: Washington University in St. Louis Program Officer: NSF-DUE August 2003-August 2004 Former address: Maricopa Community College District (Presented June 2007) + other colleges, chem faculty (35 years)
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  3. 3. What do DUE reviewers look for? <ul><li>Many of the same things that reviewers in the research directorates look for. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative ideas that can potentially have broad application in other settings </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships/collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>A well-developed and detailed plan with timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of the field - what’s been done </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of what NSF has funded </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of the discipline (education) literature </li></ul>
  4. 4. References for Proposals <ul><li>Articles resulting from prior NSF awards </li></ul><ul><li>White papers from NSF-funded science education research centers </li></ul><ul><li>National reports on science education </li></ul><ul><li>Journal articles on science education research in disciplines and from colleges of education </li></ul><ul><li>National Academies Press publications </li></ul><ul><li>Papers from conference proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e. Frontiers in Education - Engineering) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where to Look Most can be accessed electronically <ul><li>Google (choose search terms wisely) </li></ul><ul><li>Science Education journals : Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Math, Engineering, CompSci </li></ul><ul><li>Library eJournals collection </li></ul><ul><li>NSF Award Search ( </li></ul><ul><li>DUE PIRS (Project Information Resourse System) </li></ul>
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  7. 7. Frontiers Session
  8. 8. Google Search <ul><li>Follow the trail of links and citations… </li></ul><ul><li>Google search terms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;science education&quot; journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ chemical education” journals (“engineering…) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>science education research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ physics education” bibliography </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for your disciplinary education journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for author names in Google (in quotes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note links to citations - find new authors </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. &quot;science education” journal publisher
  10. 11. Wiley Interscience - Linked from a Google Search for: “science education” journals
  11. 12. Library Electronic Access Subset of Databases
  12. 13. Have an article reference? Use Citation Linker From a Bibliography?
  13. 14. Papers and Reports <ul><li>NSF website </li></ul><ul><li>AAAS, AACC, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>NSF National Conversation report </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Academy of Sciences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(National Academies Press - ) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. NSF National Convervations Report to NSF http://www2. aacc . nche .edu/PDFS/FinalReporttoNSFjul2005. pdf
  15. 16. NAP: Education Research and Theory How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School Scientific Research in Education
  16. 17. Where to Look <ul><li>Google (choose search terms wisely) </li></ul><ul><li>Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science Education journals </li></ul><ul><li>Science Education journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(JRST, JCST, CERP, Science Education, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NSF Award Search ( </li></ul><ul><li>DUE PIRS </li></ul><ul><li>(Project Information Resource System) </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Award Search </li></ul>www. nsf . gov
  18. 19. Award Search + Organization Lookup
  19. 20. STLCC Awards
  20. 21. Award # 0630613
  21. 22. NSF for Educators Education
  22. 23. Education and Human Resources
  23. 24. Search PIRS 14 Programs http://www. nsf . gov/div/index . jsp ?div=DUE
  24. 25. PIRS Search
  25. 26. PIRS Results - Project Updates
  26. 27. PIRS Data <ul><li>PIRS Data </li></ul>
  27. 28. Navigating the NSF Website
  28. 30. Email a DUE Program Director Questions?