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Session Types

Interactive Paper Session
(90-minute session, including 45 minutes for participant discussion)

Interactive Paper sessions are three individual submissions, grouped by the program planning committee around a common theme. For each paper, the speaker(s) will provide a 15-minute overview presentation of the study to the entire audience then engage in two 15-minute roundtable rotations to stimulate discussion with small groups of participants. A presider selected by the program planning committee will facilitate a concluding discussion. Proposals should include a description of the conceptual or theoretical perspective, the research question(s) and design, data collection techniques and analyses, and a summary of findings.

Poster Session
(1 hour and 15-minute session)

Poster sessions are designed to encourage the exchange of ideas. They combine the visual display of materials with the opportunity for informal discussion. The available space for posting is 4’ x 6’. Poster sessions reporting on research in progress with some preliminary findings are particularly encouraged. Presenters need to be present with their posters at the time listed in the program. Proposals should include a description of the conceptual or theoretical perspective, the research question(s) and design, data collection techniques and analyses, and a summary of findings.

Research Symposium
(90-minute session, including 30 minutes for participant discussion)

A symposium is to be more than a collection of loosely related papers that deal with similar topics. Research symposia can be presented in three different formats:

  1. Several presentations focusing on the same problem from complementary or contrasting perspectives or research paradigms. Speakers should be chosen to reflect diverse points of view. The presenters should exchange outlines of their papers in advance so that differences and similarities in the presentations can be stressed.
  2. Several presentations from a connected set of studies arising from a single program of research. Speakers may choose to select a discussant to respond to or synthesize their presentations.
  3. One substantive presentation on a major theme (an accompanying prepared paper would be appropriate) with two or three prepared critiques/responses. The primary presentation should report on a program of research or a particular view of a research issue, but not a single research study.

Proposals should include a description of the conceptual or theoretical perspectives, the research question(s) and designs, data collection techniques and analyses, and summaries of findings. To increase participation and interactivity of the conference, the submission must include a set of three to five central questions that will be used to focus participation in the session.

Discussion Session
(90-minute session, including at least 45 minutes for participant engagement)

Discussion sessions are designed to allow for sustained interactions for both participants and organizers around a research topic. This type of session is intended for the proposers to get early feedback on their research  or begin to frame new research directions. 

This discussion session may focus on:

  • a research instrument or tool; 
  • project data; 
  • theoretical, conceptual, and methodological efforts; or
  • emerging research areas that foster new research collaborations.

Proposals should include a description of the conceptual or theoretical perspective and the educational or scientific importance of the work. To increase participation and interactivity, the submission must include a description of how the proposers will engage the participants.

 

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