Request for Proposals: Investigating the Evidence for Student-Centered Learning

June 2016

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Instructions for Submission
Key Research Questions


The goal of this grant opportunity is to provide new insights into the contexts, components, outcomes, and potential of student-centered learning approaches in education. That is, we are looking to understand the effectiveness of specific student-centered learning approaches, including the results for different populations of students, the supports that may be needed to ensure realization of positive outcomes, and the contextual conditions needed to sustain implementation. In the long run, our intention is for this research base to influence educational practice, policy, and public awareness. Researchers from grant-eligible research institutions are encouraged to apply for funding of two-year projects investigating student-centered practices, while also measuring the effects of these practices on students, particularly those who are members of historically underserved subgroups.
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Instructions for Submission

Submissions are are asked to respond to each of the Section IV questions in a narrative of 15 pages or less, using single-spaced 11 point (or larger) text with standard formatting. Submissions written in a point-by-point format that sequentially and specifically address each prompt below are preferred, but unified narratives are also acceptable. Please read RFP Section V (proposal requirements) carefully before submitting a proposal as it contains important information.

Documents to be submitted are as follows:

  1. Narrative
  2. Budget
  3. IRS Tax Status letter
  4. Supporting documents
    1. Budget narrative
    2. Workplan
    3. Information on lead staff (limit of 3 pages per individual)
    4. Letters of Support from all identified partners

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Key Research Questions

Regardless of which four areas are prioritized and combined, all three of the following research questions should be addressed by the proposed study:

  1. What are the measurable effects of this approach on students’ academic achievement, preparation for postsecondary education, and/or career readiness?
  2. What are the outcomes of the approach specifically for underserved students and other subpopulations (e.g., emerging bilingual students, students who qualify for special education services, students of color, low-income students, recent immigrants, etc.)?
  3. What contextual, institutional, cultural, and/or procedural factors contribute to these outcomes?

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