Institute of Education Sciences and National Science Foundation, Common Guidelines for Educational Research and Development. Washington, DC: IES and NSF, August 2013. Online at: https://ies.ed.gov/pdf/CommonGuidelines.pdf


Describes six types of research: 1) fundamental, 2) early-stage or exploratory, 3) design and development, 4) efficacy, 5) effectiveness, and 6) scale-up -- along with their purposes, justification, methods, and outcomes; these guidelines are to assist investigators in preparing proposals to IES and NSF. A related document, Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research (NSF, November 2018) discusses these two additional features and how research proposals should deal with them.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriulum Inquriy Guidelines

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Scientific/Empirical Inquiry, Multiple/Mixed Forms of Inquiry

Type of Study

SIngle Study

Narrow Topic

Government Role in Educational Research and Development


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