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2015 NCTM Research Conference 
April 13-15, 2015  
Boston, Mass  

 

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. 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
(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.  

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
(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 proposers 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:

  • Connections to Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All 
  • 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.

 

Paper Presentations  

Two session types will be organized around research papers. 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. The author(s) may choose to present their paper as a brief research report brief or interactive paper session. If the proposal is accepted, the author(s) will upload a formal paper (6-20 pages in length) to be shared with Research Conference attendees one month prior to the conference. Uploaded papers will remain accessible until August 1, 2015. 

  • Brief Research Report
    (30 mins)

    A 15-20 minute brief presentation will be provided by the author(s) based on the research paper. 10-15 minutes should be provided for questions from the audience. Proposals also need to address the conceptual or theoretical perspective, the research question(s) and design, data collection techniques and analyses, and findings. Authors will upload a formal paper one month prior to the conference.
  • Interactive Paper Session
    (75 mins) 

    These are three individual papers, grouped by the program planning committee around a common theme. Authors will upload 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. A presider will help the session run, keep track of time, etc. 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.

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