MeTRC has adopted a collaborative and distributed approach to investigating its research questions. The approach is collaborative because there is a shared research agenda, implemented by research teams whose expertise and experiences support the full MeTRC research community. It is distributed because implementation of this research agenda is the responsibility of research teams across the country, building on their unique research strengths and professional networks. This approach has the following advantages:
1. It capitalizes on existing networks of professional educators and researchers already knowledgeable about the relevant educational issues, appropriate research methodologies, and state-of the-art technologies.
2. It leverages relatively modest amounts of external funding by integrating the MeTRC research agenda into ongoing initiatives with related goals and additional resources.
3. It creates a research community that is truly national in scope, with the understanding that tricky problems as well as successful solutions will be shared by all.
4. It supports the emergence of a new generation of researchers by (a) creating teams in which they can play an integral role, (b) increasing visibility so their work reaches a national audience, and (c) dedicating lines of support to those still building their professional careers.