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Office of Educational Research
December 2007

Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News & Notes

Research Task Force Update

The Research Task Force re-convened
on November 15 to address concerns
about the research doctorate. We meet
again on Monday, December 10 (at
11:30 a.m. in the Terrace Room). Those
of you who missed the first meeting but
are planning to attend the second will
be disappointed to know that although
we provided lunch in November, we
can afford only cookies and soft drinks
in December. On the other hand, the
discussion, which was lively last month,
is likely to be even better next time.

The agenda and minutes from the initial
meeting are posted on the OER web site:
We also have posted there a PDF
version of the Levine report, "Educating
Researchers." It was this critique of
research training that prompted this
discussion in the first place.

But there were other motivations. At the
OIA meeting in October, I heard Russ
Whitehurst talk about IES Training
Grants, which were being re-competed
this fall after a 3-year hiatus. You may
recall talk in the College about applying,
but the idea never took root, and there
has been no college wide discussion of

the possibility since. (I also was
perturbed a bit by Whitehurst's
intimation that if IES didn't train
researchers, it would have no one to
give grants to.) I also was motivated by
the fact that, for the 20 years I've been at
UF, there has been no serious, college
wide discussion of doctoral research
training. I envied the work of Linda
Hagedorn and the CPED group, who
had undertaken serious discussion
about and planning for the professional
practice doctorate. You may recall that
she provided an update of her group's
work in the November ORB.

It seems that many of you share my
concern about how well prepared our
doctoral graduates are for research
careers, and to my way of thinking, this
is where Levine hits the nail on the
head. He says because we don't
differentiate requirements for research
and professional practice doctorates, we
do no one justice.

The Task Force is a by-invitation only
group, but if you're reading this,
consider yourself invited. Fifteen people
attended the first meeting, and we're
hoping for more on the 10th. Our

purpose is to undertake a planning
process designed to strengthen research
doctoral training in the college-a
statement upgraded from the original in
which we proposed merely to "consider
undertaking" such a charge. We took
the step from "considering" to
"undertaking" last month.

In the minutes, I summarized the
proceedings thusly: There was general
agreement that the research doctorate
has been neglected and that we need to
upgrade research preparation in the
college. Too few of our PhD students are
well prepared as researchers; they need
more extensive methodological
preparation and more and better
research apprenticeships. Meeting
participants also expressed willingness
and interest in sustaining the process.

One of our guiding assumptions is that
we want something more at the end of
the year than hours of serious talk-
however interesting though they may
be. Next time, we'll get down to the
business of deciding on a process for
achieving the goal of upgrading
research training in the college. Join us if
you can and please let Rosie know if
that's your intention. (Email her at We don't want to
short anyone in the cookie line!

OER Happenings

The next Monday Morning Coffee will
be held in the Faculty Commons (Access
Code: 4004*) on December 3 at 10:00am
Topic: Let's Talk Data!

The OER would like to develop the
capacity to give COE faculty and
students access to state and national
data sets such as Florida Warehouse,
NCES (National Center for Education
Statistics) datasets, and NSF (National
Science Foundation) datasets. There is
potential for these large datasets to be
used for basic, policy, and applied

Please join us at the OER "Let's Talk
Data!" Coffee to discuss specific
interests and needs.

Thank you!
Cyndi Garvan, OER Statistics Director

Coffee and continental breakfast will be
served. Please RSVP to Rosie ASAP at

We hope to see you there!


October Awards & Submissions

Congratulations go out to Jeanne
Repetto for her award from the Florida
Department of Education.

Best wishes to Sevan Terzian for his
submission to the Spencer Foundation;
Stephen Pape for his submission to
Texas Instruments; Kara Dawson,
Jeffrey Boyer, and David Young for
their submissions to the Florida
Department of Education; and Patricia
Snyder for her two subcontract
submissions to Vanderbilt University.

ORB December 2007

For more details about these awards and
submissions, see the table on the next

Paul & Ana

ORB December 2007

College ofEducation Funded Projects December 2007

Principal Investigator: Jeanne Repetto Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Career Development and Transition (CDT)
Project Period: 09/01/07-08/31/08
Award Amount: $790,000.00

College ofEducation Submitted Proposals December 2007

Principal Investigator: Sevan Terzian Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: The Spencer Foundation
Proposal Title: Enlisting Science Education for National Strength: An Examination of
Historical Precedents
Requested Amount: $39,054.00

Principal Investigator: Stephen Pape Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Texas Instruments
Proposal Title: Examining the effects of using the TI-Nspire in Algebra I & Algebra II to
support student understanding of Rational Functions & Quadratic Relations
Requested Amount: $5,000.00

Principal Investigator: Kara Dawson Co-PI: Jeffrey Boyer, David Young
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Digital Gators Tech. Camp
Requested Amount: $35,261.00

Principal Investigator: Patricia Snyder Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Vanderbilt University
Proposal Title: Examining the Potential Efficacy of a Classroom-Wide Model for Promoting
Social Emotional Development & Addressing Challenge Behavior in Preschool Children With
& Without Disabilities
Requested Amount: $136,572.00

Principal Investigator: Patricia Snyder Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Vanderbilt University
Proposal Title: TEIDS Plus: Integrating Quality Assurance & Data-Based Decision Making
to Enhance IFSP Quality, Implementation & Child & Family Outcomes
Requested Amount: $ 284,458.00

ORB December 2007

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