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Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals: Progress by MSPs and RETAs in Contributing to Education Research and Practice


This study examines the contributions to education research and practice by NSF's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program. NSF's overall strategic plan calls for "advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering" (NSF 06-48). In keeping with the overall strategic plan, the 2008 MSP Program solicitation (NSF 08- 525) specifically states: "The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort...MSP projects contribute to the knowledge base for mathematics and science education and serve as models that have a sufficiently strong evidence base to be replicated in educational practice." The MSP Program therefore falls within the broader context of research and development and current efforts to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
The MSP Program consists of comprehensive, targeted, and institute awards (MSPs) as well as research, evaluation, and technical assistance (RETA) awards. The study's findings show that the awardees have generated a large number of scholarly and practice- oriented publications. By this measure, the MSP Program appears to be making a solid contribution to education research and practice.