Call for Proposals



AARE Conference 2021
Call For Papers NOW OPEN!

Submit your conference abstract proposal by clicking on the button below.  Submissions will remain open until 18 June 2021.

Conference theme: Reimagining Education Research

Education and education research are at a critical moment. Many of the taken-for-granted ways of thinking and working in early learning settings, schools, universities and other sites of formal and informal education have become untenable in the context of widespread disruption from the global COVID-19 pandemic, an increasingly urgent climate catastrophe and increasing social and economic inequality.

This year’s conference theme invites education researchers to reimagine their ways of thinking and working in complex and uncertain times. We invite papers to consider different ways to engage with the conference theme of Reimagining Education Research. There is an urgent need for research that moves our thinking forward, responds to rapidly changing conditions and emerging challenges, and which recognises the effects and implications of the social, policy and political conditions that are shaping education and education research. 

This reimagining of education research is not limited to research. We recognise the need to rethink the traditional conference model, and are continuing to reimagine AARE’s annual conference in ways that keep equity and access at the forefront of our work as a conference committee. Co-hosted in partnership with RMIT School of Education in 2021, this year’s event will bring together researchers virtually and physically in an innovative hybrid conference to connect, network, collaborate and share.

Submissions will remain open until 18 June 2021. We look forward to receiving your proposal soon.

AARE2021 Conference Co-Chairs
A/Prof Stewart Riddle and Dr Amanda Heffernan

For any queries, please contact events@aare.edu.au.

2021 Presentation Formats

We encourage presenters to consider the different presentation formats available this year. Online and in-person presentation options will be available to all presenters, with the option to seamlessly shift from in-person to online presentation available in the event of any COVID-related travel restrictions or public health directives.

Please note that all programmed conference sessions will be simultaneously available in-person at RMIT Melbourne and online via the conference portal. In addition to a Chairperson for each session, there will be a hybrid session moderator, who will ensure parity of experience for online presenters and delegates.

A selection of a presentation type needs to be made at the proposal submission stage, but there will be the opportunity to change your selection to a virtual presentation if required at a later time due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Synchronous Individual Paper—30 minutes per paper (usually 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes for questions). Papers will be grouped into themes and scheduled into the conference program by SIG Convenors. Presenter delivery options include:

  • Present in-person
  • Present online
  • Present both in-person and online for multi-author papers

2. Asynchronous Individual Paper—20 minutes per paper. Papers will be grouped into themes and scheduled into the ‘virtual’ conference program by SIG Convenors. Please note that you will be required to pre-record your presentation and upload it to the conference portal prior to the conference. SIG Convenors will allocate time for Q&A and discussion for asynchronous papers in the conference program.

3. Symposium—90 minutes or 120 minutes. Presenter delivery options include:

  • Present in-person
  • Present online
  • Present both in-person and online for multi-author papers

Symposia can be either scheduled in-line with the general Special Interest Group program or highlighted as a Featured Symposium. To find out more about criteria for submitting a Featured Symposium at AARE2021 visit the AARE Website for further details.

To submit a Symposium proposal, please select the option ‘Submit Symposium’ when you log in to the abstract submission portal.

4Poster—The program will include scheduled 60-minute poster sessions to enable informal, interactive discussions of research. This is an ideal presentation format for postgraduate students or researchers whose studies are at an early stage of development. Please note that all posters at #AARE2021 will be in a digital format (template to be provided) and will be displayed at the conference exhibition area and online platform.

5. Workshop—30 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Workshop options include:

  • In-person workshop
  • Online workshop
  • Hybrid in-person and online workshop

6. Other—We encourage a variety of formats to enrich the conference program. There will be an opportunity in the abstract submission process to elaborate on the format of presentation. If you have questions or queries about the submission process for an ‘other’ format please contact events@aare.edu.au to discuss your submission.

Alignment with Special Interest Groups

AARE Special Interest Groups (SIGs) host the conference program streams and SIG Convenors oversee the abstract review process and make decisions about the recommended presentation format for each paper. All submissions should be aligned with the SIG that best meets the focus of the paper. More information about SIGs can be found here.

Preparing your Abstract

Individual Papers or Papers included in a Symposium, Posters, Workshops and Other Formats

Title (max 50 words): The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to clearly indicate the nature of the abstract and presentation.

Abstract (max 400 words): Your abstract should include relevant information, such as: background or scope of the study; significance and aims of the research; research design; key findings; and implications for further educational research.

If writing an abstract for a workshop or other format you may also need to include details of the general plan for the session so that a reviewer can understand the format of the proposed presentation session.

  • References are not required. If you wish to include them, they must be included in the body of your text and included in the 400-word count.
  • Do not use tables or figures.
  • Proposed studies/presentations should be significantly advanced or completed at the time of abstract submission.
Abstracts for a Symposium

There is a two-step process for symposium submissions. The lead of the full symposium must submit a proposal abstract for the full symposium and list the authors taking part in their session and their abstract titles. You can also nominate a preferred Chairperson. Individual paper abstracts must be added at a later time by individual authors.

For the symposium abstract, you will need a title (50 words) and description of the full session (400 words)

Title (max 50 words): The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to clearly indicate the nature of the symposium.

Abstract (max 400 words): Your symposium abstract should include information about: the focus of the symposium; background or context of presentations included in the symposium; and general plan of the symposium (e.g., order of the papers included in a symposium).

  • References are not required. If you wish to include them, they must be included in the body of your text and included in the 400-word count.
  • Do not use tables or figures.
  • Proposed studies/presentations should be significantly advanced or completed at the time of abstract submission.

Abstract Review Process

All abstract proposals are subject to a peer-review process, facilitated by SIG Convenors, which is intended to:

  • Ensure rigour and quality of research within the conference presentations.
  • Ensure alignment with specific SIGs and the conference theme.
  • Determine the most appropriate format of presentation for the paper (e.g., individual paper or poster).

Papers will be peer-reviewed using the following criteria. Some papers (e.g., conceptual, theoretical or creative papers, performances and workshops) will not include all of these elements:

  1. Focus and relevance—Is the focus of the paper clear and relevant to the SIG and/or conference theme?
  2. Context and contribution—Is the focus of the paper positioned within a research field and does it provide a contribution to knowledge and understanding of this area?
  3. Design and methods—Are the research methods clear and appropriate?
  4. Results and findings—Are results or findings supported by evidence and logical reasoning?
  5. Clarity and composition—Is the written expression clear and concise?

Considerations around Research Involving Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

AARE has committed to ensuring that its activities support and/or contribute to the transformative processes of decolonisation, emancipation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. This year, a checklist has been introduced to the conference abstract submission process.

Please ensure you are aware of potential impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities by reading our guidelines on the AARE Website.

CONFERENCE PAPER AWARDS

AARE will be offering Conference Paper Awards again in 2021. These awards are to encourage, acknowledge, and recognise the quality work of members. These awards are open to AARE financial members who meet eligibility requirements for the award, including new members registered before the date they upload their submission.

Awards will be presented at the AARE Conference. Submitted papers will be assessed by a panel of experienced reviewers and recipients of the Awards posted on the AARE website.

For more information on the AARE2021 Conference Paper Awards visit the AARE Website.

Featured Symposiums

Featured Symposiums will be happening this year. If you are interested in your symposium being considered for a featured symposium, please tick the box when submitting the symposium via the portal. 

Featured Symposiums acknowledge the commitment of AARE to honour and showcase current and outstanding educational research. 

Some submissions will be selected as Featured Symposiums with any submissions not successful being programmed as Symposiums within the general conference program.

Please note, each submission will be assessed separately against the criteria by a Featured Symposium sub-Committee comprised of experienced researchers who are members of the Association.  This criteria can be accessed on the AARE website. 

Featured Symposiums will be scheduled in special sessions of the conference program with a small number of parallel symposiums in each session. 

Please click this link for further information and to see the criteria. 

Full Abstract Submission

Full papers are no longer accepted by AARE for refereeing. Authors who wish to publish full papers from accepted conference abstracts must make their own arrangements for paper peer review.

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Submission of an abstract DOES NOT automatically register you as a conference speaker. Conference registration must be done separately.
  • All communications about your abstract submission will be sent to the email address that you provided during the submission process.
  • We recommend that the email address belongs to the main author who will be in attendance at the conference.

Conference Organiser
Australian Association for Research in Education

Unit 9, 1 Geils Street
Deakin ACT 2600  

Tel: 0499338835
Email: events@aare.edu.au
Website: http://aareconference.com.au/

  

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