Assessing Quality- A Macro versus Micro Approach to High School Mathematics Education

Grants and Contracts Details


The EPSB is requesting proposals from Kentucky-based individuals or teams to conduct modestly sized research projects in one or more topics involving teacher quality. As noted above, a portion of grant funds have been reserved for research activities, and one major research contract has already been awarded to a group from the University of Louisville. The grant plan requires that a 5-year teacher quality research agenda be developed to help guide funding activities. Toward this end, the EPSB sponsored a teacher quality research conference in early December of 2003 at Eastern Kentucky University. Approximately 60 university-based faculty and administrators from around the Commonwealth attended that event, and a collaborative process was utilized during and after the conference to generate a prioritized research agenda. That agenda will be presented and each item thereupon discussed briefly below. The EPSB intends to fund from three to five research projects pertinent to this collaboratively established agenda. Awards will provide support for one year, from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005, and will range from $40,000 to $75,000. The number and size of the awards will depend upon the quality and nature of the proposals submitted. The EPSB intends to subject proposals to a formal peer-review process, and will make funding decisions that reflect recommendations of reviewers. As stated in the original Title II grant proposal, one purpose of these research activities is to enhance the capacity of Kentucky-based researchers to conduct formal inquiry into teacher quality topics. Therefore, the Primary Investigators (PIs) for proposed projects must be qualified researchers associated with Kentucky higher education institutions or other research entities. However, researchers from outside Kentucky may be involved in these projects, although in capacities other than as PI. Indeed, the EPSB encourages researchers from multiple institutions to generate collaborative proposals in response to this request. The topic areas in which researchers are encouraged to generate proposals are sketched in the paragraphs that follow, which contain basic information about the topic and a few suggestions about project ideas that might address the topic. These suggestions are purely for illustration, however, and are not meant to limit proposals. Proposal authors should keep one issue in mind, though. That is, to the greatest extent possible these projects should make a bona fide attempt to connect aspects of teacher preparation and work to K-12 student learning. Proposals that do not provide adequate attention to this issue will likely not receive favorable reviews.
Effective start/end date7/1/046/30/05


  • Western Kentucky University: $36,452.00


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