There are a myriad of government grant applications for education from charter school applications, SES (Supplemental Education Services offered through the NCLB) Applications, Career and College Readiness Applications, 21st Century Program applications, Afterschool Center Applications, Pre Kindergarten Program Applications, Dropout Prevention Applications and/or Education Retention Applications that often require evidence, a proposed program, if implemented in the way an application suggests, will lead to student achievement. There are three potential sources of evidential research.
First, if you are a company developing a brand new program, this typically involves commissioning the education department of a research university to study the effects of your program using a control group. For small business owners, the costs associated with this type of program verification are generally prohibitive.
If you are unable or unwilling to invest in this type of research project, the good news is that education research is ongoing and the second way you are likely able to find evidence your program works is through a search of the ERIC database. Eric, or the Education Resources Information Center, is the world’s largest digital compilation of education research and offers the option of limiting your search to Peer Reviewed, Full Text, Journal Articles, and/or ED (Eric Documents) publications. It is very similar to the Lexis Nexis and Westlaw services used by attorneys, the difference being that a search on ERIC is free of charge. Documents available on ERIC will go as far back as 1966 and offer a wide breadth of research for those who need to provide evidence of a, “High Quality, Research-Based Instructional Program Designed to Increase Academic Achievement”.
The third source of relevant research will come from the publisher of your curriculum. Publishers deal with school districts along with private education companies and they too must provide evidence that their program, if implemented in the way they recommend, will lead to improved academic achievement. Simply ask your publishing company to send you the research evidence that their program has been proven effective.
Most applications will also request that works cited should use APA citation style. “APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.” The Purdue OWL: APA Style. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/
Sample ERIC citation formats appear below:
“ERIC Document (Paper or microfiche format)
Jones, J. C. (2000). Webquests as a way to teach social studies (Report No. ABCD-EE-00-5). Marion, IN: Indiana Wesleyan Center for Educational Excellence. (ED111111)
ERIC Document (Online Database)
An ERIC document obtained from an online source such as the ERIC database or from a search engine results, cite as follows:
Jones, J. C. (2000). Webquests as a way to teach social studies (Report No. ABCD-EE-00-5). Marion, IN: Indiana Wesleyan Center for Educational Excellence. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED111111)
How to find the information:
The author comes from the AU field;
the copyright date comes from the PY field;
the title comes from the TI field;
if an ERIC document contains a report number, it will be found on the document resume sheet of the actual report. It will be clearly labeled Report No., immediately followed by a series of letters and numbers, e.g. Report No. MHEC-2001-RES-15;
the publisher and location may or may not be a part of the citation, if missing then just omit from the reference;
the ERIC # is from the AN field;
the ERIC database is the name of the online subscription based database that provided the electronic full content of the ED document. In APA 6th ed., database assignment is not required except in some unique cases. (See p. 192 of the 6th ed. American Psychological Association Publication Manual; also see p. 212)”
How to Cite ERIC Documents in APA Format. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www2.indwes.edu/ocls/APA_ERIC_docs.html
Finding and citing relevant research has traditionally been one of the most challenging parts of education grant applications, hopefully, it just go easier.
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