EERA Annual Conference

2015 EERA Annual Conference
February 25-28, 2015
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

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2015 EERA Conference Program(.pdf)

Call for Proposals

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Educational researchers may submit for consideration original proposals that have not been published or presented at another professional meeting. Proposals will be submitted through the online registration to be considered. If the proposal is accepted, the lead author must join EERA, all presenters must pay the conference fees, and present at the conference. Paper and Symposia formats require that the presenter prepare a paper for distribution at the conference.

Original proposed research presentations are to be based on completed work, or work to be completed before the annual conference. Proposals for the upcoming 2015 meeting will be accepted September 4, 2014 - November 12, 2014.. The program will consist of papers and other formats for educational research presentations that have been accepted by the review committee. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two scholars or practitioners in the field of education.

Submitting a Proposal

A proposal may be submitted only once. An individual may participate in a maximum of three sessions, excluding invited addresses, business meetings, and award activities. EERA will provide overhead projectors for proposals accepted as Symposia and Paper presentations; other audio-visual or equipment needs must be arranged by the participant.

Submitted proposals should be 2000 words or less and should summarize the major objectives or focus, the theoretical perspective, research methods or techniques, data sources, results, conclusions, and educational or scientific significance of the work. Electronic copies of the proposal must be submitted using key words for review. Each submission should include the title of the proposal and author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address as you want it to appear in the program and on the Web version of the program (including zip code). Please include a phone number (including area code) and e-mail address.

Session Formats


Description: Research paper proposals are structured synopses or completed data-based studies that utilize any variety of quantitative or qualitative methodological approaches. Theoretical papers are acceptable. Papers not meeting these criteria (e.g. literature reviews) should be submitted under another format. The proposed paper should be appropriate for submission to a refereed journal.

Evaluation Criteria: Paper proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) the originality of the work; (c) the adequacy of the theoretical/conceptual framework; (d) appropriateness of the mode of inquiry; (e) the rigor and accuracy of the analysis of the data; (f) clarity of the written exposition of ideas, analyses, and arguments; and (g) reasonableness of stated conclusions and implications in light of findings and previous research.


Description: Symposia are thematic, integrated dialogues between session participants about a clearly identified theme or topic. This format allows a team of researchers or practitioners to present or review scholarly perspectives on issues. The format is not intended as an opportunity to present papers that have not gone through a review process. Rather, symposia should provide attendees with an opportunity to hear presenters engage in dialogue amongst themselves as well as with attendees about cutting-edge research, practice, theory building, or policy development.

Evaluation Criteria: Symposia proposals will be evaluated on: (a) originality; (b) clarity of topic; (c) significance of topic and/or relevance to EERA members, (d) organization and coherence of individual presentations, (e) range of knowledge and points of view represented by presenters; and (f) opportunities for audience participation.


Description: Roundtables may be proposed on any topic, but are best suited for small group discussions intended to advance, enhance, or share information about research projects that are still in progress. Roundtables are also a useful format for discussion of sharply or narrowly focused topics of policy, practice, professional, or theoretical concerns. Proposals may be submitted that are for one roundtable only or for a group of related round tables.

Evaluation Criteria: Roundtable proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/ problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.


Description: Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research throughout the session.

Evaluation Criteria: Poster session proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.

The Call for Proposals for the 2016 conference will open in Fall 2015.

Future Conference Locations

2015   Sarasota, FL   February 25-28   Hyatt Regency Sarasota
2016   Hilton Head, SC   February 17-20   Westin Resort Hilton Head
2017   Richmond, VA   February 22-25   Omni Richmond Hotel