The 2007 conference will be an AERC and CASAE/ACÉÉA joint venture, with invitations extended to Australian, British, and other international researchers to participate. It will take place at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from June 6-9, 2007.
Jim Sharpe, Dean of Education at MSVU, is the joint Conference Chair. US proposals will be vetted through the AERC Steering Committee. Canadian and international proposals will be vetted through the CASAE/ACÉÉA proposal review committee.
Types of Proposals
Papers are reports of completed research and will be published in the conference proceedings. There are three categories for papers: (a) empirical research, (b) model or theory development, and (c) theorizing from the literature. In ONE ATTACHED FILE, preferably as a Word document, submit
· As page 1: a typed cover sheet which includes the paper title, the name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address of EACH author.
· As page 2: a warrant statement with the PAPER TITLE and the name of the SOLE or FIRST AUTHOR.
· As pages 3 and 4: a typed TWO-PAGE (MAXIMUM) ABSTRACT, not to exceed 1,200 words, which must include the paper title and a statement as to whether the research is completed or the anticipated date of completion (which must be PRIOR to the proceedings submission date). Any paper proposal extending beyond the two pages will be excluded.
Research Roundtable Proposals:
Research roundtables provide an opportunity to discuss informally research in progress and research issues with a group of participants. A two-page summary of each research roundtable will be published in the conference proceedings. In ONE ATTACHED FILE, preferably as a Word document, submit
· As page 1: a typed cover sheet which includes the roundtable title, the name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address of each presenter.
· As page 2: a warrant statement with the ROUNDTABLE TITLE and the name of the SOLE or FIRST AUTHOR.
· As page 3: a typed ONE-PAGE ABSTRACT, not to exceed 600 words. State the roundtable title at the top of the page.
A symposium presents diverse or conflicting perspectives on a compelling topic or issue that is or should be of concern to adult education practitioners. In ONE ATTACHED FILE, preferably as a Word document, submit
· As page 1: a typed cover sheet which includes the paper title, the name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address of EACH presenter.
· As page 2: a warrant statement with the SYMPOSIUM TITLE and the name of the LEAD ORGANIZER.
· As page 3: a ONE-PAGE ABSTRACT, not to exceed 600 words. State the symposium title at the top of this page.
· As subsequent pages: an additional half-page abstract (maximum of 300 words) from each presenter should provide details to the symposium abstract. It is the Lead Organizer’s responsibility to collate all materials into a single document.
Warrant Statement for All Proposals
I [we] warrant that if my [our] paper [roundtable or symposium] proposal is accepted, I [we] will submit a formally written summary for inclusion in the conference proceedings. I [we] agree that the summary will be typed, single-spaced, and ____ pages long [ two pages for roundtables, six pages for papers, eight pages for symposia].
I [we] understand that if this summary is not submitted by March 31, 2007 my [our] presentation will not be included as part of the AERC and CASAE/ACÉÉA printed proceedings for 2007.
Allow 1” (2.5cm) margins and use 12 pt type. Please follow the directions for electronic proposal submissions carefully. ONLY ONE PROPOSAL PER FIRST AUTHOR may be submitted for review.
All proposals must be RECEIVED by email and by October 9, 2006. No proposals will be accepted for the review process after this date.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Peterson
National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois. USA
ALL CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL PROPOSALS should be emailed to
Dr. André P. Grace
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Canada
Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgment after one week, then contact the person you sent your proposal to as follow up.
The AERC Steering Committee and the CASAE Executive will work together to assign percentages for acceptance of US, Canadian, and international proposals to ensure balanced representation.
Session Format and Selection Criteria
The time allotted for each session is 50 minutes. Audience participation, as a principle of adult education, is stressed. Identify your paper as (a) empirical, (b), model or theory development, or (c) theorizing from the literature. Abstracts should be typed as noted in the above instructions.
Empirical papers should adequately describe:
§ Purpose of the study. What does the study contribute?
§ Perspective or theoretical framework including relevant literature.
§ Research design (including rationale for choice of methodology, research questions, modes of data collection, and means of analysis).
§ Findings and conclusions.
§ Implications for adult education theory and practice.
Model or theory development papers should address:
§ What practical void or theoretical void will this model or theory fill with respect to adult education?
§ What are your bases for proposing this model or theory (experience, literature, your own empirical research, etc.)?
§ What are the elements of the model or theory and relationships among its elements?
§ What is its relationship to existing theory?
Theorizing from the literature can be either explorations based on literature (reviews and/or critiques) or applications from one field to another that give us new insights about adult education. The following should be addressed:
§ What is the purpose of this exploration or application?
§ What fields of study, disciplinary perspectives, or bodies of literature are being analyzed?
§ What are the implications for the development of adult education theory and practice?
If your paper is selected for presentation, you will be responsible for submitting a formally written six-page (single-spaced, typed) paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings. References MUST be included within the six pages. Such papers must be received by March 31, 2007. Papers received after this date will NOT be included in the conference or proceedings. Authors whose papers are accepted will be notified of the specifications for preparing and submitting papers.
The time allotted for each session is 50 minutes. Several roundtable discussions will take place concurrently in the same room with each presenter assigned to a different table. Roundtables are opportunities to discuss research and research issues informally with interested conference participants.
Abstracts should be typed as noted in the above instructions and should describe the purpose of the session, explain why it is important, provide any background information needed for the discussion and pose the questions or issues that will be addressed.
Roundtable proposals will be judged based on the importance of the research or issues they address and their potential to generate lively discussion and debate at the conference. If your roundtable proposal is accepted, you will be responsible for submitting a formally written two-page (single-spaced, typed) summary for inclusion in the conference proceedings. References MUST be included. This summary must be received by March 31, 2007. Summaries received after this date will NOT be included in the conference.
A symposium is intended to provide an opportunity for examination of specific problems or topics from multiple perspectives. This purpose is best served when individuals with diverse or conflicting views interact on a topic of sufficient scope and importance. A symposium should NOT be merely a presentation of a related set of papers.
Each symposium will last 90 minutes. Audience participation is encouraged.
It is the responsibility of organizers of symposia to identify topics and presenters. Organizers must have the consent of all participants before submitting the proposal. Organizers not wishing to chair the session must indicate a chairperson. Should unforeseen circumstances prevent a participant from attending, it is the responsibility of the organizer to: (1) find a suitable replacement; and (2) notify the AERC or CASAE/ACÉÉA proposal receiver, all other participants, and discussants involved in the session to enable them to have prior access to abstracts of each presentation, so they may formulate their remarks in the context of what the others play to say. Organizers are urged to encourage such an exchange of information.
Only the organizer will be notified of the acceptance of a symposium, and is responsible for notifying other participants. Symposia should address the following:
What is the controversial issue or topic being addressed? What should adult educators care about this matter?
§ What are the competing perspectives (including related bodies of literature) from which this issue will be addressed?
§ On what basis does each panelist hold his/her perspective (experience, literature, one’s own empirical research)?
§ What action plan or policy implications are likely to emerge from this examination?
If the symposium proposal is selected, the organizer is responsible for submitting a formally written eight-page (single-spaced, typed) paper for inclusion in the conference proceedings. References MUST be included within the eight pages. Such papers must be received by March 31, 2007 or the symposium will be not be included in the conference.