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The Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development "describes NSF and ED’s shared understandings of the roles of various types or “genres” of research in generating evidence about strategies and interventions for increasing student learning. These research types range from studies that generate the most fundamental understandings related to education and learning (for example, about brain activity), to research that examines associations between variables, iteratively designs and tests components of a strategy or intervention, or is designed to assess impact of a fully-developed intervention on an education-related outcome. More specifically, the document describes the agencies’ expectations for the purpose of each type of research, the empirical and/or theoretical justifications for different
types of studies, types of project outcomes, and quality of evidence."

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