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Setting Trends for Educational Technologies within the National Science Foundation

Setting Trends for Educational Technologies within the National Science Foundation
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Author(s): Bruce C. Howard (Wheeling Jesuit University, USA) and Laura J. Curtis (Wheeling Jesuit University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 9
Source title: ICTs for Modern Educational and Instructional Advancement: New Approaches to Teaching
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lawrence A. Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-936-6.ch027

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Abstract

Our research team evaluated 18 months of National Science Foundation (NSF) program announcements and awarded programs to discern the amount and type of emphasis placed upon educational technologies. NSF issued 65 solicitations for proposals with 53.8 percent calling for educational technology components. A sampling of 366 of the 1,180 funded projects, showed that 34.7 percent included educational technology. Twenty-five percent of the projects were in biology and cognitive science, with another 40% in general science, computer science, technical education, engineering, and math. Many types of educational technologies were funded, with an emphasis on cognitive tutors/intelligent agents, distance learning, and online communities.

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