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Abstracts from Articles Published by MSP Awardees (initially funded in 2002, 2003, and 2004)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) started the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program in 2002.

NSF defines the MSP Program as both an R&D program and one that supports educational activities. As an R&D program, NSF has therefore challenged the awardees to demonstrate the significance of their work by sharing their findings in a variety of formats (e.g., journal articles, books, chapters in books, reports, and education materials and instruments). Especially important as R&D contributions are articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals, and the 2002, 2003, and 2004 awardees (see Note 1) had listed 200 such articles in their annual reports as of April 2011.

The MSP program evaluation team that is evaluating the MSP Program prepared the present collection of abstracts (see Note 2). The online source for retrieving the full article accompanies each abstract (see Note 3). To assist readers in searching through these abstracts, a topical index and an author index cross-reference the abstracts. The two indexes appear before the page-by-page presentations of the abstracts (see Note 4).

The program evaluation, conducted under Contract No. EHR-0456995, is led by COSMOS Corporation, with Robert K. Yin serving as Principal Investigator. Additional Co-Principal Investigators are Darnella Davis (COSMOS), Kenneth K. Wong (Brown University), and Patricia Moyer-Packenham (Utah State University). Since 2007, Bernice Anderson, Ed.D., Senior Advisor for Evaluation, has served as the NSF Program Officer.

Any opinions, findings,conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


1. The first three groups of awardees were initially funded in 2002, 2003, and 2004. After a skip year in 2005, the MSP Program made about 100 more awards from 2006 to 2010. However, the later awardees publications have just begun to appear. They more appropriately should be the subject of a systematic follow-up search at some future date.

2. For a full description of the search and indexing process, see: Davis, D., & Yin, R. K. (2009), Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals: Progress by MSPs and RETAs in Contributing to Education Research and Practice, Math and Science Partnership Program Evaluation, COSMOS Corporation, Bethesda, MD.

3. Copyright restrictions preclude the articles from being included in the present collection.

4. In addition to these articles, the NSF-MSP program officers also have published the following two articles: 1) Foster, K.M., Bergin, K.B., McKenna, A.F., Millard, D.L., Perez, L.C., Prival, J.T., Rainey, D.Y., Sevian, H.M., VanderPutten, E.A., and Hamos, J.E., (2010), Partnerships for STEM Education, Science, 329(5994), pp. 906-907, and 2) Hamos, J.E., Bergin, K.B., Maki, D., Perez, L.C., Prival, J.T., Rainey, D.Y., Rowell, G.H., and VanderPutten, E.A., (2009),Opening the Classroom Door: Professional Learning Communities in the Math and Science Partnership Program, The Science Educator,18(2), pp. 14-24.


In addition, see the MSP-PE Library to view the evaluation teams own published and unpublished substudies (including the substudy in Note 2, above).