Photo Call for Papers Timeline
August 1, 2018: Abstract submission site opens.
October 1, 2018: Abstract submission deadline.
December 1, 2018: Decision notifications sent.
December 1, 2018: Preliminary program online.
December 1, 2018: Registration opens.
February 1, 2019: Early registration deadline.

Presentation Formats

Symposia
Symposia provide the opportunity for 3 to 4 investigators whose work has a common theme to present their findings in a single session. Each symposium proposal should include: 1) a justification that describes the contributions of each individual paper and how the studies are related, 2) abstracts for each of the individual papers being proposed and 3) an independent discussant to provide comments on each paper and on the symposium as a whole. Symposia sessions are two hours long, and the organizer will be responsible for running the session and introducing the speakers. The Spring 2019 Program Committee encourages symposia submissions to include the presence and perspectives of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, career stage, institutional affiliation, and role.

Moderated Discussion Panels
Panel sessions provide an opportunity to explore an issue beyond paper presentations. A panel proposal should be closely aligned with the conference theme and should include: 1) a moderator (who may also be the session organizer), 2) an outlined plan for the session that includes audience participation, and 3) proposed panelists. These moderated discussion panel sessions may take a variety of formats, such as a discussion with 2-3 panelists, a debate, an examination of a topic from different perspectives, or a selection of case studies. The Spring 2019 Program Committee encourages panel submissions to include the presence and perspectives of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, career stage, institutional affiliation, and role.

Individual Papers
Individual papers with a similar focus will be assembled into a single session by the program committee. Usually 3-4 papers are included in a session.

Posters
Presenters in the poster session will have the option of using physical or electronic display. Presenters may upload their poster presentations to the conference website to allow pre- and post-conference viewing of materials in addition to the abstract.

SREE encourages diversity in its membership and in Society activities. The Spring 2019 Program Committee welcomes submissions across the conference program that include the presence and perspectives of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, gender, career stage, institutional affiliation and role.


Paper Types and Review Criteria

For the Spring 2019 conference, SREE will accept proposals for three types of studies: cause-and-effect; research methods; and strategies and approaches for using evidence from cause-and-effect studies. This last category is new to the Spring 2019 conference and is aimed at encouraging the development of practices that connect rigorous research with on-the-ground practice in education settings. The review criteria for these three proposal types differ as noted below.

Review Criteria for Cause-and-Effect Studies

Thematic Connection (for Moderated Discussion Panels only)
To what extent does the proposal explicitly address the conference theme of tradeoffs and tensions?

Theoretical Criterion
To what extent does the proposal extend understanding of key phenomena or improve our ability to identify cause-and-effect relationships in education?

Pragmatic Criteria
To what extent does the proposal address an important problem of policy or practice in education?

To what extent does the proposal have the potential to inform critical decisions about educational policy or practice?

Methodological Criteria
Has the proposal employed elements of research design that attempt to eliminate potential sources of bias that may interfere with valid cause-and-effect conclusions?

Does the proposal include valid and reliable measures of key variables and outcomes?

Does the proposal clearly articulate a population of interest and discuss how the sample represents this population?

Review Criteria for Studies of Research Methods

Thematic Connection (for Moderated Discussion Panels only)
Does the proposal explicitly address the conference theme of tradeoffs and tensions?

Theoretical Criterion
Is the problem under study clearly situated in a historical context with attention paid to prior methodological research?

Does the proposal improve our ability to identify cause-and-effect relationships in education or improve our ability to apply results from cause-and-effect studies to questions of education policy and practice?

Pragmatic Criteria
To what extent is there a specifically articulated and important problem in education that this work is trying to solve?

To what extent do the methods provided appear promising in their capacity to be implemented by education researchers conducting cause-and-effect studies?

Methodological Criteria
To what extent are the proposed methods clearly articulated (versus being too vague or overly complicated)?

If the proposal provides mathematical derivations, do they appear clear and correct?

If the proposal uses real or simulated data, is enough detail provided regarding the data or simulation design, and is this design adequate for providing evidence that the proposed methods are an improvement over existing methods?

Review Criteria for Proposals of Strategies and Approaches for Using Evidence from Cause-and-Effect Studies

Thematic Connection (for Moderated Discussion Panels)
To what extent does the panel explicitly address the conference theme of tradeoffs and tensions?

Theoretical Criterion
To what extent does the proposal extend understanding of key phenomena related to use of evidence from cause-and-effect studies in education?

Pragmatic Criteria
To what extent does the proposal address an important problem of policy or practice in education?

To what extent does the proposal have the potential to inform critical decisions about educational policy or practice?

For Empirical Papers: Methodological Criteria
To what extent does the proposal employ a research design appropriate to the question?

Does the proposal include valid and reliable measures of key variables?

Does the proposal clearly discuss the conditions under which the strategies or approaches might be useful in other samples or populations (or the contexts in which more research is needed)?


Submission Procedures:

Individual papers and posters

Proposals for individual papers and posters should be submitted as a structured abstract, as outlined in the following paragraph, in a single-spaced document using 12-point font. The abstract is limited to 1000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures.

We recommend that abstracts be organized using the following headings*:

  • Background/Context: Description of prior research on the subject and/or its intellectual context and/or its policy context.
  • Purpose/Objective/Research Question: Description of the focus of the research, including hypotheses.
  • Setting: Specific description of where the research took place.
  • Population/Participants/Subjects: Who, how many, key features or characteristics.
  • Intervention/Program/Practice: Specific description of the intervention, including key components of how it was implemented or administered, and its duration.
  • Research Design: Specific description of the research design, including strategies for eliminating sources of bias.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Description of methods used in collecting and analyzing data.
  • Findings/Results: Description of main findings with specific details.
  • Conclusions: Description of conclusions limitations, and recommendations of authors.

Abstracts for proposals that are not studies of cause-and-effect do not necessarily need to include all recommended headings.

Symposia and Moderated Discussion Panels

Each element of a symposium or panel submission will be subject to the same limit of 1000 words per abstract but should be submitted within one complete document that includes an overview of the symposium or panel (limit of 500 words).

For example, a symposium with 3 papers would have a word limit of 3500 (1000 x 3 plus 500). A panel with a moderator and 3 panelists would have a word limit of 3500 (1000 x 3 plus 500). In each case, the space limit does not include references, tables, or figures.

*Note: The headings above were derived from Mosteller, Nave & Miech (2004), Why We Need A Structured Abstract in Education Research. Educational Researcher 30(1), 29-34. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ727552.pdf

Conference Program Limit
An individual may be a presenting author (in a symposium, paper session, or poster) or panel participant (moderator or panelist) no more than twice in the conference program. This restriction does not include serving as a symposium organizer, symposium discussant, panel organizer, or paper session chair. The presenting author must be identified in the abstract submission process for each paper or poster and will be designated with an asterisk in the conference program.