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MWR2P - Guidelines for Proposal Submission


Deadline for Submission of Proposals: March 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2011
Full papers due: August 10, 2011

The conference solicits papers in four categories: Practitioner Concerns, Reports on Research, Evaluation Studies, Methods and Issues in Research, and Best Practices. Published papers or presentations given at earlier professional meetings are not to be submitted. You are invited to submit proposals to present a 45-minute concurrent session or 10-minute tabletop session to the program committee of the 30th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, & Community Education.

  1. PRACTITIONER CONCERNS

    Questions and concerns regarding practitioners' work in adult, continuing, extension, and community education programs. Proposals may address problems and/or solutions in areas of practice such as curriculum design, strategy selection, teaching and learning, or program implementation. They may also address how practitioners view research related to their concerns.

    Proposals should include:

    • A description or outline of the concerns or questions
    • The importance of the concerns to both research and practice in adult, continuing, extension and community education
    • Reference to various approaches that have attempted to deal with the concerns
    • A discussion of the way in which the concerns or questions related to the conference theme of linking theory and practice
    • A brief description of how the session or presentation will address these concerns

    Criteria for selection:

    • The practitioner concern is described or delineated
    • The concern is within one or more context of practice in adult, community and continuing education
    • Clearly specifies new or expanded insights to be presented with regard to the practitioner concern
    • Addresses clear linkages of research and theory to practice.
    • Proposed session is clearly organized and creatively and dynamically presented


  2. REPORTS ON RESEARCH
    Reports on qualitative or quantitative research studies and their implications for practice.

    Proposals should include:

    • The research questions or hypotheses
    • The importance of the research to the practice of adult, continuing, extension and community education
    • The methodology
    • Stage of the research at the time of the proposal; if not completed, the expected completion date
    • A summary of the findings/conclusions
    • Implications of applications of the finding to practice or theory
    • A brief description of how the session/presentation will be organized

    Criteria for selection:

    • The linkage of research to practice is addressed
    • The research question has defined a specific area of inquiry
    • The conduct of the inquiry exhibits rigorous standards of inquiry suitable to the study
    • Contributions to knowledge and practice are evident
    • Demonstrates creativity by the researcher's methods and insights


  3. EVALUATION STUDIES
    Reports on studies involving needs assessment, priority setting, goal analysis, evaluation or other forms of applied research.

    Proposals should include:

    • The purpose of focus of the evaluation
    • Its importance to the practice of adult, continuing, extension and community education
    • The methodology
    • Stage of the evaluation project at the time of the proposal; if not completed, the expected completion date
    • The implications and uses of the results in practice and/or theory
    • A brief description of how the session/presentation will be organized.

    Criteria for selection:

    • The linage of evaluation research to practice is addressed
    • The evaluation study shows a specific focus, the identification or users and/or stakeholder, dissemination and use, and a contribution to the improvement of practice.
    • Feasibility is clearly demonstrated by practical procedures, political soundness and credibility, recognition of constraints, and cost-effectiveness
    • Demonstration of propriety in terms of ethics, legality and humanism
    • Demonstration of clearly rigorous and sound procedures suitable to the study


  4. METHODS AND ISSUES IN RESEARCH

    Controversial and critical questions vital to linking research and practice, such as research methods, ethics, the use of research in practice, practice-generated needs for research, and processes by which researchers determine the areas in which to conducts research.

    Proposals should include:

    • A description of the issue or summary of the points at issue
    • The importance of the issue to research and practice in adult, continuing, extension and community education
    • An explanation of models and/or illustrations of new insights or challenges on the issue to be offered by the presenter(s)
    • A discussion of the way in which the issue relates to the conference theme of linking theory and practice
    • A brief description of how the session/presentation will address the issue.

    Criteria for selection:

    • How clearly the research issues are described or delineated
    • How important the concern is within one or more particular contexts of practice in adult, continuing, extension and community education
    • How clearly the proposal specifies new or expanded insights to be presented with regard to the research issues
    • How clearly linkages of research and theory to practice are addressed in the proposal
    • How clearly organized and creatively and dynamically presented the proposed session appears


  5. BEST PRACTICES

    Best practices are characterized by respectful acknowledgment or the learner’s previous experience; adaptability to changes in the learner’s circumstances during the course of learning; ongoing supportive engagement and interaction between the learner and the facilitator in creating a climate conducive to learning, need assessment, setting goals, designing the plan, managing the experience, and evaluating outcomes; and positive reinforcement, or feedback to the learner.

    Proposals should include:

    • Describing the learning activity being considered and how it may solve a problem or address a concern
    • Importance of this best practice to the field of adult, continuing, extension, or community education
    • Identifying the techniques used for actively engaging the learners
    • Articulating the learning theory(ies) which inform and support the techniques
    • Discussion of how this best practice relates to the conference of research and practice
    • Why the author thinks it qualifies as a best practice
    • Brief description of how the session presentation will make visible this practice as one of the best

    Criteria for selection:

    • Describing the learning activity being considered and how it may solve a problem or address a concern
    • How clearly the proposal describes this best practice
    • How important this activity could be within one or more contexts of adult, continuing,extension, or community education
    • How clearly this best practice is validated and justified as to why the presenter considers it a best practice
    • Whether creativity is exemplified by the author’s reach toward active learner involvement
    • How well thought out, refined and applicable this best practice appears to be



PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

All proposals must be submitted electronically via e-mail to mwr2p@lindenwood.edu

In the body of the e-mail message, include the following:
  • Title of the paper
  • Contact information for all authors to include, name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • Warrant statement: "I (we) warrant that if this paper is accepted, I (we) will submit a six page (single-spaced typed) paper for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings. I (we) understand if this paper is not received in electronic form in either Word (ver. 6.0 or higher) or WordPerfect (ver. 6.0 or higher) by August 1, 2008, this paper will not be included as part of the proceedings."
Submit the proposal, not to exceed three double-spaced pages, as an attachment in either Word (ver. 6.0 or higher) or WordPerfect (ver. 6.0 or higher). Type only the title, proper category and session preference (45-minute concurrent or 10-minute tabletop) at the top of the first page. Do not type the author(s)' names anywhere on the proposal. Observe standard margins (1" on sides and bottom and 1-1/2" on top of page). Use 12-point Times or Times Roman font.

Proposals must be received electronically by March 15, 2011.

Notifications of acceptance and instructions for preparation of papers will be sent to presenters by June 1, 2011.

If your paper is accepted, please register promptly. Registration is expected for all authors participating in the conference. Papers without registration will not be placed on the conference program.



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