The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), intends to conduct a new competition in the form of a 3-year contract for a national research center (Center) to carry out scientifically based research and evaluation [ * see definition ], and to conduct dissemination and training activities consistent with section 114(d)(4) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. We are seeking input from States on research topics and issues, and on types of dissemination activities and technical assistance to States that address education, employment, and the training needs of student in career and technical education programs.
In addition, we are particularly interested in any input you may have regarding future research and technical assistance concerning the following topics:
- Career pathways and programs of study
- Distance education and online learning for students in CTE programs
- CTE and at-risk youth
- Dual enrollment
Brief overview of Center
The Center, currently known as the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, was originally authorized by the Education Amendments of 1976 and reauthorized by four Carl D. Perkins Acts (1984, 1990, 1998, and 2006). The current Center will complete its five year grant period July 31, 2012. It is the Department’s intent to complete the completion and award the contract for a new Center by August 1, 2012. To learn about the work of the current Center and for available reports of research from the current and previous centers, please go to their website: www.nrccte.org
Process for submitting input
The deadline for submission of input is October 21, 2011, so that we can analyze the input and recommendations as we finalize our plans for the competition. We are encouraging all interested parties to submit comments in the comment section below. As an alternative to submitting comments through this blog, commenter may submit ideas directly to the Department by sending an email to: National Research Center for CTE
Please note that ideas posted via e-mail will be posted on the blog. Please click here to review Ed.gov comment policy.
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Scientifically based research means research standards that:
- Apply rigorous, systematic, and objective methodology to obtain reliable and valid knowledge relevant to education activities and programs; and
- Present findings and make claims that are appropriate to, ands supported by, the methods that have been employed.
The term includes, appropriate to the research being conducted:
- Employing systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation or experiment;
- Involving data analyses that are adequate to support the general findings;
- Relying on measurements or observational methods that provide reliable data;
- Making claims of causal relationships only in random assignment experiments or other designs (to the extent such designs substantially eliminate plausible competing explanations for the obtained results);
- Ensuring that studies and methods are presented in sufficient detail and clarity to allow for replication or, at a minimum, to offer the opportunity to build systematically on the findings of the research;
- Obtaining acceptance by a peer-reviewed journal or approval by a panel of independent experts through a comparably rigorous, objective, and scientific review; and
- Using research designs and methods appropriate to the research question posed (20 U.S.C. 2302(25) and 9501(18)