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Office of Educational Research
February 2007


Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)


News & Notes


Research Prospectus Prototypes
As reported in the January ORB, in
collaboration with the Offices of
Development and News & Publications, we
plan to collect research prospectuses for
Laforis Knowles and the new Development
Director to use in conversations with
potential donors. Larry Lansford and
Juawon Scott have provided us with
prototypes and we are now asking for your
feedback. We are interested to hear your
opinions about (1) which of the two designs
you like best and (2) the prototypes'
structure, layout, graphics, etc. For
illustration purposes, the prototypes feature
a proposal by Counselor Education faculty
Mary Ann Clark and Andrea Dixon-Rayle,
originally submitted to the Smallwood
solicitation, addressing the widening
achievement gap of students in middle
grades. Thanks go out to them for allowing
us to borrow from their work! Take a look
and email your feedback to Ana or Paul by
February 16.

News & Publications is developing
prospectuses for all Smallwood proposals,
and other interested COE faculty can
develop prospectuses about the work you
want to do using the final prototype as a
guide. We are excited about this new
opportunity to showcase your research
ideas and perhaps pique the interest of
potential donors.


We will finalize the document after
gathering your input and will provide
everyone with a template to use when
submitting their prospectuses to our office
for editing and formatting. The prospectus
narrative should be between 300-330 words.
All prospectuses will also be available
online through the OER web page.

OER Happenings

Please mark your calendars for the
following events:

Faculty Professional Development Series
Panel Presentation:
Topic: Overview of Discourse Analyses
Date & Time: Friday, February 2,
12:00noon-1:00pm
Location: Terrace Room (G-400)

Panel members are:
Diana Boxer, Linguistics
Jane Townsend, STL
Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Ed Psych
Zhihui Fang, STL

RSVP to Ana: anapuig@coe.ufl.edu today!

Refreshments & Cookies will be provided.

February Brown Bag ~
Topic: Regression Discontinuity Design in
Education Research
Hosted by Walter Leite, Assistant Professor,
Research & Evaluation Methodology








IES has come to recognize that not all
important questions lend themselves to
study via randomized clinical trials. Design
alternatives that have the highest internal
validity under favorable circumstances and
may be considered when a randomized
design is not feasible include regression
discontinuity, nonrandomized comparison
groups with statistical controls, and time
series.

In this session, Walter Leite will present the
logic behind RDD and describe how this
design may be used fruitfully in education
research. If you would like to submit
specific questions for Walter's
consideration, please email them to Ana
when you RSVP.

Location: 158 Norman
Date & Time: Thursday, February 8 from
12:00noon-1:00pm

As always, doctoral students are welcome!

Bring your lunch. Refreshments & Cookies
will be provided.

Please RSVP to Ana by Tuesday, February
6: anapuig@coe.ufl.edu


January Awards & Submissions

Congratulations to James McLeskey for his
award: State Personnel Development Grant
from the FDOE; and to Fran Vandiver for
her three awards: Innovation Fair
Matchmaker-Mentee Taps, Title IV-Safe and
Drug Free schools, and Title V- Part A-
Innovative Programs from the FDOE. Best
wishes go to Thomasenia Adams, Rose
Pringle, Delores James, and Walter Leite
for their proposal to DSR; to Luis Ponjuan,
Troy Sadler, Randy Duran, and Jeanna
Mastrodicasa for their proposal to DSR; to
Rose Pringle and Thomasenia Adams for
their proposal to NSF; and to Fred Taylor
and David Miller for their proposal to NSF.
For more details about these awards and
submissions, see the tables on the next page.

Ana & Paul


ORB February 2007 2








College of Education Funded Projects February 2007
Principal Investigator: J.L. McLeskey


Award Amount: $1,572

College of Education Submitted Proposals February 2007
Principal Investigator: T.A. Adams Co-PI: R.M. Pringle, D.C.S. James (Community
Health), W.L. Leite
Funding Agency: DSR (2007 Research Opportunity Incentive Seed Fund)
Proposal Title: Development of the Positionality Index Instrument
Requested Amount: $99,536

Principal Investigator: L. Ponjuan Co-PI: T. Sadler, R. Duran (Chemistry), J.M.
Mastrodicasa (Honors Office)
Funding Agency: DSR (2007 Research Opportunity Incentive Seed Fund)
Proposal Title: Engaging Future Scientists: Assessing Undergraduate Science Research
Experiences
Requested Amount: $61,342

Principal Investigator: R.M. Pringle Co-PI: T.L. Adams
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: An Investigation of African American Girls' Positionality in Science and
Mathematics
Requested Amount: $499,000

Principal Investigator: F.J. Taylor (Electrical/Computer Engineering) Co-PI: D. Miller
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: InvestiGATOR II
Requested Amount: $496,568


ORB February 2007 3


Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: State Personnel Development Grant
Project Period: 12/01/06 11/30/07
Award Amount: $149,843

Principal Investigator: F.M. Vandiver
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Innovation Fair Matchmaker Mentee Taps
Project Period: 10/04/06 06/30/07
Award Amount: $40,000

Principal Investigator: F.M. Vandiver
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title IV, Safe and Drug Free Schools
Project Period: 12/06/06 06/30/07
Award Amount: $3,088

Principal Investigator: F.M. Vandiver
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title V, Part A, Innovative Programs
Project Period: 07/01/06 06/30/07













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when the achievement gap widens significantly, showing greater di
family income level and ethnic and racial background.

Goal
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research and create an effective school-based intervention program
school students' decisions to stay in school, earn a high school dipl
their future careers.

Proposal
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relating to academic achievement, school persistence and goal settil
their graduate-student interns will collaborate with middle schools
collecting initial data through focus groups with students, teachers,
counselors. The researchers will use this data to create a classroom-
program-a planning tool to help at-risk students stay and succeed
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by summarizing a student's aspirations and goals, and providing a
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Faculty
Mary Ann Clark, PhD Andrea Dixon Rayle, PhD
B.O. Smith Research Professor Assistant Professor
Counselor Education Counselor Education
maclark@coe.ufl.edu rayle@ufl.edu

Cost
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assistants, purchase essential materials and provide multidisciplina
for teachers, interns and school counselors.

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Despite the No Child Left Behind Act and national education reform efforts to provide equal
opportunity in education for all students, the latest studies suggest the achievement gap
between students of different income levels and social or ethnic backgrounds remains substan-
tial. Steep high school drop-out rates are an ongoing concern.

Past research concerning academic persistence-the decision to remain in school through high
school graduation-has focused on students in grades 9-12. Current studies, however, show
that the middle-school years, grades 6 through 8, are a critical period when the achievement
gap widens significantly, showing greater disparities in gender, family income level and ethnic
and racial background.

Goal I School counseling researchers in UF's College of Education propose to conduct essential
research and create an effective school-based intervention program to support middle-school
students' decisions to stay in school, earn a high school diploma and plan for their future
careers.


Proposal I


Faculty researchers will identify the factors that affect middle-school students' decisions
relating to academic achievement, school persistence and goal setting. Researchers and their
graduate-student interns will collaborate with middle schools in Alachua County, collecting
initial data through focus groups with students, teachers, parents and school counselors. The
researchers will use this data to create a classroom-based intervention program-a planning
tool to help at-risk students stay and succeed in school and set future career goals. This plan-
ning kit will yield vital feedback for educators and parents by summarizing a student's aspira-
tions and goals, and providing a road map of how to achieve these goals in pursuit of a high
school diploma and future success.


Faculty I Mary Ann Clark, PhD
B.O. Smith Research Professor
Counselor Education
maclark@coe.ufl.edu
Cost >


Gift Impact >


Andrea Dixon Rayle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Counselor Education
rayle@ufl.edu


Drs. Clark and Rayle request $50,000 for expenses to collect data, hire graduate student as-
sistants, purchase essential materials and provide multidisciplinary in-service training for
teachers, interns and school counselors.

With your support, UF researchers can give educators a tool to help at-risk middle school stu-
dents avoid the pitfalls that often lead to dropping out of school, enhancing their chances for
success in high school and beyond.
For more information about research at the C of Education, visi http://education.ufl.edu/edresearch
University of Florida College of Education Development C


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