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Awardee:PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
Doing Business As Name:Middlebury College
PD/PI:
  • Joseph Holler
  • (802) 443-5992
  • josephh@middlebury.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Peter Kedron
Award Date:02/23/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 315,082
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 315,082
  • FY 2021=$315,082
Start Date:06/01/2021
End Date:11/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.075
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Transforming Theory and STEM Education Through Reproductions and Replications in the Geographical Sciences
Federal Award ID Number:2049837
DUNS ID:020651675
Parent DUNS ID:020651675
Program:Human-Envi & Geographical Scis
Program Officer:
  • Scott Freundschuh
  • (703) 292-7076
  • sfreunds@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:14 OLD CHAPEL ROAD
City:MIDDLEBURY
State:VT
ZIP:05753-6000
County:Middlebury
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:00

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Middlebury College
Street:14 Old Chapel Rd
City:Middlebury
State:VT
ZIP:05753-6004
County:Middlebury
Country:US
Cong. District:00

Abstract at Time of Award

This project establishes a theoretical framework for the reproducibility of science. Within this framework the researchers will create protocols for increasing the use of reproductions and replications in human-environment and geographical science (HEGS) research. Reproductions repeat a study while holding the input data and parameters of the study constant, thereby establishing credibility and generalizability of prior research. This project is responsive to increasing governmental requirements for transparent and reproducible research. It will conduct reproduction and replication studies of recent high-impact HEGS research to establish credibility and generalizability necessary to influence public policy. The investigators will integrate this framework for reproducible science into undergraduate and graduate methods courses resulting in a curriculum for teaching replication studies and reproducible research practices. HEGS has been slower than other disciplines to adopt more reproducible research practices, limited by a lack of well-developed exemplar replication studies, curricula for teaching reproducibility, and the challenge that variable geographic contexts cause for replication. What is the state of research practices in HEGS with regard to reproducibility and barriers to reproducibility? Can the credibility and generalizability of recent high-impact HEGS research be established through reproductions and replications? Can teaching reproductions and replications achieve the same benefits as project-based learning pedagogies and develop researchers with the capabilities for doing reproducible research in HEGS? The proposed work is anticipated to establish the foundational survey research, reproduction and replication studies and pedagogies necessary to transform research practices in HEGS by building knowledge through the scientific process of reproducing and replicating studies. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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