BERA 2014 Abstracts 

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Submitting an Abstract

Please note that if your paper is accepted for the conference, the presenting author must be registered as a delegate no later than Friday 23rd May 2014; otherwise the paper will be withdrawn.

Type of Submission     

Maximum number of Words

(references are not compulsory but must be
included in the word count if you choose to include them) 

Individual Papres/

Early Career Researcher Papers                    

400 words

Symposia

400 words for each paper and an additional 400 word overview addressing the coherence of the papers

Keynote Symposia Competition

400 words for each paper and an additional 400 word overview addressing the coherence of the papers and a supporting statement up to 400 words

Posters

400 words


1. Keynote Symposia
 

BERA invites submissions of abstracts for 6 Keynote Symposia on themes the authors consider to be of special interest to the wider membership.  The BERA Keynote Symposia occupy a privileged position in the conference programme and are selected by an open competition.  Submissions not selected as BERA Keynote Symposia will automatically be entered for consideration for a session in the Main Conference programme.  Keynote Symposia consist of three or four individual papers addressing a common theme or issue and the submission should identify a convenor and a discussant for the session.  Keynote Symposia are allocated 90 minute slots in the programme and will be timetable in one session with three or four symposia running in parallel.

Please note if your abstract is accepted as part of a Keynote Symposium, you are encouraged to provide a full paper which delegates can access via the conference website prior to the conference. 
 

2. Main Conference Symposia

Symposia for the main conference programme occupy 90 minute slots and normally consist of a three or four linked individual papers.  The symposium should also have a discussant.  The format for the symposia can be in an alternative form such as a workshop or a panel discussion; you are advised to contact In Conference for details about submitting such proposals.  It is also possible to propose a series of linked symposia.  Abstracts that are intended to form a series of symposia should be submitted separately with a note to indicate the links to the other symposia.  It should be noted that the quality of each submission will be reviewed independently.  Proposals for Symposia are not eligible for submission to the Early Career Researcher Conference.


3. Main Conference Individual Papers

Individual Papers are grouped in sets of three papers in 90 minute slots; each paper is allocated 30 minutes including discussion time and the session is chaired by one of the presenters.


4. Early Career Researcher Conference Individual Papers

Individual Papers are grouped in sets of three papers in 75 minute slots; each paper is allocated 25 minutes including discussion time and the session is chaired by a BERA Member.

5. Main Conference and Early Career Researcher Conference Posters

Posters are usually graphic presentations which are displayed on boards during the conference. Presenters also make the abstract summarising their poster available as part of the display. Posters will be displayed on boards that are 1m x 2.00m and should not exceed 1.5m in length. A prize will be offered to the best poster in each category during the awards ceremony at the conference.
 

Submission of abstracts

The abstracts for each paper (including those which form part of a symposium) should address the following:

  • Background to the topic
  • Research questions/focus of the enquiry
  • Research methods and/or mapping of the literature
  • Analytical and/or theoretical framework
  • Research findings and/or contribution to knowledge

IMPORTANT NOTE

The template for the abstract will be a single text box (up to a maximum of 400 words) in which to satisfy the criteria.  Papers that do not satisfy the criteria will be rejected.  Please note that the submission should not exceed the word limit.

 

1.    BERA Keynote Symposia

Submissions should include:

  • Title, convenor and discussant with their affiliations.
  • 400 word overview of the symposium
  • 400 word supporting statement indicating the relevance of the theme/issue as a keynote symposium in accordance with the following selection criteria:

o    Quality of the research

o    Timeliness

o    National/international significance

o    Impact on practice, policy or theory

  • The names of the authors of each paper and their affiliations
  • 400 word abstract for each paper.

 2.       Main Conference Symposia

Submissions should include:

  • Title, convenor and discussant with their affiliations.
  • 400 word overview of the symposium.
  • 400 word abstract for each paper. 

3.       Main Conference and Early Career Researcher Conference Individual Papers

 Submissions should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s) of the paper and their affiliation(s).  If the paper has multiple authors then an ‘author for correspondence’ should be identified.
  • 400 word abstract for each paper.

4.       Main Conference and Early Career Researcher Conference Posters

 Submissions should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s) of the paper and their affiliation(s).  If the paper has multiple authors then an ‘author for correspondence’ should be identified.
  • 400 word abstract for each paper.
     

Abstract Review Process - Individual Papers

Each abstract is reviewed blindly by two reviewers drawn from members of the relevant SIG (Special Interest Groups) and assessed against the following criteria:  

  • Relevance of the topic to BERA members
  • Clarity of research question(s) and/or focus of enquiry
  • Appropriateness of research method(s) and/or literature
  • Robustness of analytical and/or theoretical framework
  • Significance for educational practice, policy or theory

Grades are given on a six point scale and papers are accepted or rejected on the basis of the total average score.

27-30 definitely accept
23-26 recommend accept
19-22 possible accept
15-18 possible reject
10-14 recommend reject
0-9 definitely reject 
 

Symposium Review

A total grade is calculated by aggregating scores of individual papers within the symposium.  Please be aware that an entire symposium could be rejected if a low score is awarded to one or more papers with the submission.

 

Exceptions

  • BERA Keynote Symposia will be reviewed by two members of BERA Council using the Keynote Symposia selection criteria as well as the generic criteria

  • Papers submitted to the Early Career Researcher Conference are not peer reviewed


Special Interest Groups


BERA SIGs vary in character, function and level of activities and participation in them is one of the benefits of being a member of BERA. All symposia, individual papers and posters when submitted must indicate the Special Interest Group (SIG) which most closely relates to the topic of their paper.
Papers selected for oral presentation at the conference are grouped by SIG category and programmed over all days of the conference.

For more information on SIGs visit http://www.bera.ac.uk/sigs 

 

Arts Based Educational Research
Comparative and International Education
Creativity in Education
Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
Early Childhood
Educational Research and Educational Policy-making
Educational Effectiveness and Improvement
Higher Education
Inclusive Education
Leadership and Management in Education
Literacy and Language
Mathematics Education
Mentoring and Coaching
Neuroscience and Education
New Technologies in Education
Philosophy of Education
Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy

Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning
Practitioner Research
Race, Ethnicity and Education
Religious and Moral Education
Research Methodology in Education
Science Education
Sexualities
Social Justice
Social Theory and Education
Socio-cultural and Cultural-historical Activity Theory
Teacher Education and Development
Youth Studies

 

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