Understanding NSF Research: Education
For more than 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) investments in STEM education research and development activities have helped sustain America's international science leadership and cultivated a diverse, creative and innovative STEM workforce admired around the world. NSF's work has contributed to the nation's reservoir of STEM human capital, which is essential to meet high-technology workforce needs. Each NSF-supported student, educator and researcher helps answer the critical need for a robust STEM workforce and a scientifically informed public.
In supporting education research from early childhood learning to doctoral work and beyond and in a variety of settings, NSF funds evidence-based innovation in teaching, instructional tools, curricula and programs. NSF-funded work in these areas has improved learning and achievement, developed more effective teaching models, and prepared a more globally competitive and diverse U.S. STEM workforce.
NSF supports projects that investigate the best ways to learn STEM effectively and build on research and development in these main areas:
Learning and Learning Environments
Research on learning environments investigates new, high-impact learning opportunities in STEM, including in classroom, non-classroom and virtual settings.
Broadening Participation & Institutional Capacity
Programs that broaden participation in STEM capitalize on America's diversity to increase the scientific workforce by engaging and building capacity in STEM learning and professional training, particularly among those from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
STEM Professional Workforce
Workforce development investments improve the education and preparation of a STEM workforce ready to create and capitalize on science and technology innovations to address societal challenges now and in the future.
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