General

We seek conceptual, methodological and empirical proposals in which authors explicitly reflect on either the theoretical foundations or the methodological implications of their research approach, or both. Furthermore, we invite submissions for pre-conference workshops, which aim to provide a more structured discussion and elaboration with theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.

We especially welcome JURE members from all EARLI special interest groups and invite them to join this inspiring conference! This SIG conference is an excellent opportunity for JURE members to learn more about theory and methodology and to discuss their research with experts. Join this conference with high-quality workshops, keynotes, presentations and get feedback on your own work!

Note that a participant can only be a presenter two times, discussant two times and chair a session twice. There is no limit for the number of co-authored submissions.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018 at midnight CET.

Types

Symposium

Symposia present research on one topic or theme, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposia sessions consist of three or four oral presentations and a discussant, led by a chairperson. In each symposium, the participants should come from at least two different countries.

Proposals for a symposium should consist of a general abstract for the proposed symposium, as well as an abstract for each individual presentation.The title should be up to 100 characters (including spaces). The general abstract should describe the overarching theme of the symposium and should be no longer than 250 words. Each paper should consist of an abstract of 150 words and an extended summary. The extended summary should be maximum 500 words (plus 150 words of references) and should address: 1) A short theoretical framework, 2) Aims of the study and research questions, 3) Methodology (including participants, context, materials and data analyses), 4) Results and 5) Discussion/conclusions (including theoretical and/or methodological implications). Conceptual and methodological contributions may follow a different structure. In additions, for each paper you need

 

Review criteria for theoretical contributions

  • Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction
  • Significance for theoretical debate
  • Theoretical perspective, conceptual rationale or pragmatic grounding
  • Organisation and internal logic of the whole symposium
  • Overall quality and scientific originality

Review criteria for empirical contributions

  • Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction
  • Significance for theory, practice and policy
  • Theoretical perspective, conceptual rationale or pragmatic grounding
  • Organisation and internal logic of the whole symposium
  • Overall quality and scientific originality

 


Paper

Paper sessions involve oral presentations of three empirical, methodological or theoretical papers, followed by a discussion with the audience. Empirical papers must present data and preliminary results in order to be accepted.

Proposals for a paper presentation should consist of an abstract of 150 words and an extended summary. The title should be up to 100 characters (including spaces). The extended summary  of max. 500 words (plus 150 words of references) should include: 1) A short theoretical framework, 2) Aims of the study and research questions, 3) Methodology (if empirical; including participants, context, materials and data analyses), 4) Results and 5) Discussion/conclusions (including theoretical and/or methodological implications). Conceptual and methodological contributions may follow a different structure.

Review criteria for theoretical papers

  • Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction
  • Significance for theoretical debate
  • Theoretical framework, conceptual rationale or pragmatic grounding
  • Embeddedness in relevant literature
  • Clarity and robustness of theoretical argument
  • Overall quality and scientific originality

Review criteria for empirical papers

  • Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction
  • Significance for theory, policy and practice
  • Theoretical framework, conceptual rationale or pragmatic grounding
  • Research method and design for both qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Clarity of results or preliminary results and conclusions
  • Overall quality and scientific originality

Research Design Forum

The aim of the Research Design Forum sessions is to offer researchers the opportunity to receive feedback on their research plans or proposals. If you are preparing a doctoral study, research proposal, or you are about to start your data collection, then this format enables you to receive feedback from your peers as well as senior scholars in the field. Two experienced scholars will be invited to prepare their feedback in advance and provide comments during the session. For these sessions, one complete time slot (90 minutes) will be reserved for the discussions of two research plans, in order to facilitate the possibility to discuss it in more detail.

Proposals for the Research Design Forum should consist of an abstract and an extended summary.The title should be up to 100 characters (including spaces). The abstract should be maximum 150 words. The extended summary of up to 500 words (plus 150 words of references) should include: 1) A short theoretical framework, 2) The aim of the research and the research questions, 3) Methodology (including participants, context, design and materials) and 4) Planning of the research (e.g. instrument development, data collection and writing). In addition, the presenter is asked to highlight elements in the research design that require feedback. NOTE: upon acceptances, the authors will be asked to send extended text to the commentators, in order to ensure productivity in the session.

Review criteria

  • Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction
  • Significance for theory, practice and policy
  • Research method and design
  • Overall quality and scientific originality

Pre-conference Workshops

The pre-conference workshops will be aimed at providing interactive contexts for an in-depth examination, discussion and elaboration of theoretical concepts or methodological approaches. The workshops will be organized on August 26th. Each workshop should provide an in-depth introduction to a theoretical or methodological approach, which can be then further explored and critically scrutinized for their potential and limitations to address key issues in research on learning and education. The conference will accommodate two invited workshops, each organized by a leading scholar in the field and promote the active participation of the audience. Other workshops should be proposed by participants submitting a proposal through the submission system.

Proposal for workshops should include a 150 words short abstract and an extended summary up to 500 words (plus 150 words of references) and should contain: 1) the topic of the workshop, 2) a rationale why this important, 3) the workshop objectives, 4) a description of the activities planned for the workshop, 5) the contribution expected from the participants, 6) possible outcomes. Authors are invited to include in their proposal also a brief description of how they will solicit participation. If the event is accepted they will be asked to prepare a call for proposals to be posted on the conference website.

Review Criteria

  • Relevance to EARLI domain of Learning and Instruction
  • Significance for theory, policy and practice
  • Theoretical framework, conceptual rationale or pragmatic grounding
  • Validation in domain of application (as research method, data collecting, research procedure, etc.)
  • Quality of workshop format (activity based) or demonstration activities
  • Overall quality and scientific originality