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Getting Started With An Adaptation And Implementation Grant

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Educational Research Initiatives at NSF

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9.641.1 - 9.641.6

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Nicole DeJong Okamoto

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Session 2675

Getting Started with an Adaptation and Implementation Grant Nicole DeJong Okamoto San Jose State University


The goal of the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program at the National Science Foundation is to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students. The activities funded seek to improve student learning environments, course content, curricula, and educational practices.1 The program has four tracks. “Adaptation and Implementation” projects adapt and implement exemplary educational materials or practices or laboratory experiences that were originally developed at other institutions, whether academic or commercial. “Educational Materials Development” projects either develop “proof of concepts” for new textbooks, software, or laboratory materials or else fund the complete development and national dissemination of such products or practices. “National Dissemination” projects involve the development of workshops, short courses, or similar activities to allow faculty to learn new content or educational practices to incorporate into their classes or laboratories. And “Assessment of Student Achievement” projects look at the development of new assessment tools and procedures.

The author of this paper has written a successful Adaptation and Implementation grant proposal entitled “Development of a Laboratory Curriculum Devoted to the Thermal Management of Electronics”. The goal of this paper is to give guidance and recommendations to people considering writing such a grant proposal. These recommendations are based both on her own experience and also on recommendations from several other principal investigators who have written successful proposals.

Adaptation and Implementation Track Overview

A&I projects fall into two categories, both of which have the goal of improving STEM education within a department, across several departments, or even among several institutions. As discussed above, both tracks require the adaptation and implementation of educational materials or practices or laboratory experiences that have been successful at other institutions. The first type of project involves direct improvement of the curriculum, while projects in the second category examine barriers that prevent the improvement of education and suggest solutions.1 Below is a sampling of CCLI- A&I projects that are currently underway that illustrate the types of projects that are funded. A complete list can be found on NSF’s Fastlane web site.2

• Collaborative Research: Adaptation and Implementation of Activity and Web-Based Materials into Post-Calculus Introductory Probability and Statistics Courses

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DeJong Okamoto, N. (2004, June), Getting Started With An Adaptation And Implementation Grant Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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