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Proposal Guidelines

Each proposal must include: 

  • The title of the proposed presentation (maximum of 75 characters, approx. 12 words) 
  •  A single-spaced, 1500-word abstract that describes the session and addresses the criteria described below. The abstract must also include a brief description of how the time during the session will be used. 
  • A concise, specific description of the essential content of the presentation (maximum of 50 words). If the proposal is accepted, the description provided here will be printed in the program book, subject to editing by NCTM. 

Please adhere to the following:

  • You may submit only one proposal; however, you may be an additional speaker on one other proposal. Each participant will be allowed to appear on the program a maximum of two times. There is a maximum of five speakers allowed for research symposia, individual sessions, and poster sessions. There is a maximum of eight speakers allowed for work sessions. To ensure ample time for audience participation, it is not necessary for every speaker listed on the program to speak during the session.
  • Co-speakers will not be added once the proposal form has been submitted. Please be sure to include all speakers in the original proposal.
  • Selling or promoting products is not allowed during NCTM presentations. You may describe how materials, etc., are used in classrooms.
  • If any project or commercially available product is the main focus of your presentation, the project or product name must appear in the title.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Perspectives or Theoretical Framework for the Research

    Are the intellectual underpinnings for the work discussed?  
    Are the theories or ideas that are driving the study clearly articulated? 
    Does the author identify how the questions being investigated contribute to research or practice? 
    To what extent does the research suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
  2. Methods, Techniques, or Modes of Inquiry for the Research

    Are the research questions clearly identified? Has the methodology been clearly articulated?  
    Is the methodology appropriate for the research design? 
    Are the methods supported by the perspectives or theoretical framework?
  3. Data Sources or Evidence for the Research

    Are the data sources or evidence drawn on in the study described?
    Are the data sources adequate and appropriate for the research?
    Are quantitative and/or qualitative data utilized in appropriate ways to answer the research questions?
  4. Results and/or Conclusions

    Do the results and/or findings address the research questions?
    Are the conclusions consistent with, or do they flow from, the findings?
    Are the results or findings situated within a broader context?
    Does the analysis of the data support the results and conclusions?
  5. Educational or Scientific Importance of the Research

    Does the proposed research advance knowledge and understanding within the area of mathematics education research or practice?   
    Does the presentation link research and practice? 
    How do the research findings align with the key topical areas (teacher preparation and professional development, curriculum, instruction, assessment, learning, student thinking)?
  6. Objectives/Purposes/Clarity of the Session Proposal

    Are the objectives and/or purposes of the presentation clearly identified?
    How well conceived and organized is the proposed research presentation?  
    Does the presentation format fit the proposed session design and allow adequate time for participants’ questions?


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