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Poster Session
(60 mins)

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. Posters 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
(75-minute session, including 30 minutes for participant discussion)

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 summaries and materials from their presentations in advance so that differences and similarities 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 uploaded one month prior to the conference) 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.

Research Symposia 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
(75-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 presenters to get early feedback on their research, facilitate a conversation around critical issues in mathematics education, 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.

Discussions should include a description of the conceptual or theoretical perspective and the educational or scientific importance of the work. To increase participation and interactivity, presenters should engage the participants in meaningful discussion.

Paper Presentations 

Two session types will be organized around research papers. The sessions should include a conceptual or theoretical perspective, the research question(s) and design, data collection techniques and analyses, and a summary of findings.  The author(s) may choose to present their paper as a brief research report or interactive paper session. Presenters should upload a formal paper (6-20 pages in length) to be shared with Research Conference attendees one month prior to the conference. Information about this process was sent via email to Lead Speakers.

Brief Research Report  
(30 mins)  

A 15-20 minute brief presentation will be provided by the author(s) based on the research paper. Reports should be focused presentations for sharing information appropriately. 10-15 minutes should be provided for questions from the audience. Presenters also need to address the conceptual or theoretical perspective, the research question(s) and design, data collection techniques and analyses, and findings.

Interactive Paper Sessions 
(75 mins)

These are three individual papers, grouped by the program planning committee around a common theme. Authors will submit formal papers one month prior to the conference. For each paper, the speaker(s) will provide a 15-minute overview presentation of the study to the entire audience then engage in one 20-minute roundtable discussion with small groups of participants. Each Interactive Paper Session will also have a presider. The role of presiders is similar to a moderator and is to maintain time, introduce papers and speakers, and facilitate participant movement to the various tables. Presentations 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.


 

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