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  Call for contributions

We invite you to submit proposals for HERDSA 2006: Critical Visions: Thinking, learning and researching in Higher Education. Submissions which address the conference themes are invited as either fully refereed papers or abstracts.

Higher education faces many challenges as it moves toward many potential and possibly conflicting futures. The 2006 HERDSA International Conference will encourage wide ranging debate on the ways in which higher education may stimulate and nurture thinking, learning and research. What have we learnt from the past? What trends are emerging? How can we optimize future higher education outcomes? Three major themes will be explored:

  Critical Reflections on learning, thinking and research; how they inform our current practice and what can be learnt from past experience, successes and mistakes.
  Critical Perspectives of the many different stakeholders who experience, inform, guide and implement policy, theory and practice.
  Critical Directions for international higher education to enable its continued relevance and effectiveness.
  The conference will encourage diverse perspectives on higher education, exploring issues relating to leadership, university development, research, teaching and critical thinking in higher education. Presenters will be encouraged to engage with these issues using a range of presentation options. Papers incorporating critical discussion relating to higher education research, theory or practice are welcome.

Presentations are accepted on the basis of at least one presenter registering and attending the conference.

Authors may find it helpful to refer to the Information for Reviewers, in particular the sections on the review process and rating the papers, before submitting their paper. Papers should be original, comply with copyright law and reflect the HERDSA guidelines relating to format and presentation.

The closing date for submission of refereed papers is 8 February 2006.

  In the interests of maximizing the participation by a broad range of presenters, individuals are asked to restrict their contribution (individually and jointly) to no more than three submissions, with a maximum of two as first author.
  1. Refereed Paper

You may submit a paper to be considered for the refereed Conference Proceedings through a blind peer review process. Papers submitted for the Proceedings will be refereed by at least two international reviewers selected by the Conference Committee according to Australia's Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) refereeing standards.

Accepted refereed papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings, Critical Visions: Thinking, learning and researching in Higher Education,” Volume 29, (hard copy) and on CD Rom.
Paper word limit: 3000 words. Please ensure that you follow the HERDSA paper guidelines for formatting (pdf file).

Refereed papers will be considered for inclusion as Lighthouse, Spotlight, Panorama or Critical Insight presentations. Submitted papers which are not accepted as refereed presentations will be considered for inclusion as a snapshot or poster presentation.

  2. Non-refereed Stream
  You may submit an abstract only for consideration as a Snapshot or Poster Presentation.

Upon acceptance, the abstract can (if desired) be developed into a non-refereed Paper to be published on the conference CD Rom. Word limit for abstracts: 250 words.

  For refereed papers
  1. Lighthouse and Spotlight Paper Presentations
  Paper Presentations would normally report on a piece of substantial research or theory and engage the audience in discussion. Accepted papers will be allocated thirty minutes if judged to be outstanding (Lighthouse Papers) or twenty minutes as Spotlight Papers.
  2. Panoramas
  These themed symposia will be allocated 60 minutes per session. Symposia provide an ideal opportunity for three or four presenters to explore a particular topic in a presentation and discussion format. A symposium typically explores critical issues or research from multiple perspectives. Symposia are ideally suited for state of the art, leading edge developments that will challenge and reform higher education policy and practice. These presentations should be thought-provoking, exploring topics that will have strong interest for the audience. Presenters are encouraged to use this opportunity in innovative ways to fully engage their audience. Symposia which explore different stakeholder perspectives on issues are also encouraged.
  3. Critical Insights workshops
  These 60 minute Critical Insights sessions will explore a single topic of interest to participants. Proposals will require additional documentation as to how the workshop will be conducted and will be judged as to their proposed strategy, learning outcomes, value and likely appeal to the audience . Critical insights sessions must be able to be conducted in 60 minutes; include opportunities for strong audience participation. In addition to the refereed paper, workshop candidates are asked to submit a two page summary of the workshop strategy, likely outcomes and their experience in presenting workshops. Only a limited number of workshops will be included.
  For non—refereed papers
  1. Snapshots
  These presentations will profile non-refereed papers and abstracts on research in progress, practice or personal reflections. They will be allocated 10 minutes per paper to enable short, focused presentations on topics of interest. Snapshot presentations will be selected from abstracts or papers submitted for consideration in this category or from submitted papers which the Programme Committee considers suitable for presentation in this format.
  2. Posters
  Poster presentations will also be available, and will be coordinated with the lunch period each day. Poster presentations will be selected from abstracts or papers submitted for consideration in this category, or may also be drawn from submitted papers which the Programme Committee identifies as suitable for presentation in this format. Poster presentations allow a diverse range of perspectives to be shared with the conference community. They are especially useful for research in progress, and for sharing of practical strategies which enhance higher education.
  Refereed papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings, Critical Visions: Thinking, learning and researching in Higher Education,” Volume 29, edited by Alison Bunker and Iris Vardi. All accepted submissions (refereed papers and non-refereed abstracts) will be put on the CD Rom Proceedings.
  General Criteria
  Relevance to conference themes
  Relevance to audience
  Contribution to research/scholarship and/or new or innovative practice(s
  Plus, for refereed papers:
  Knowledge of current thinking, research, policy, and/or practice
  Theoretical framework
  Appropriate application of research methodology and/or conceptual framework
  Critical analysis
  Originality and creativity
  Clear, logical and coherent writing
  Plus for Critical Insight Workshops:
  Suitability of proposed strategy
  Appropriateness of specified learning outcomes
  Potential appeal of topic and approach
  Presenter expertise in workshop delivery
  The conference organisers may approach proposal writers to require changes in their proposals to better fit conference needs