Call for Proposals

Proposals can be submitted online here.

Seven types of proposals are being sought by the organizing committee:

  • General Paper: A paper proposal can be submitted by an individual or small group of authors.

  • Refereed Paper for ICSEI publication: A paper proposal can be submitted by an individual or small group of authors.

  • Symposium: A proposal for a symposium should consist of three or four papers put forward as one proposal.

  • Round Table Discussion: A proposal for a round table discussion must be submitted by at least two authors.

  • Poster: A poster should include both graphical and text presentation of the material.

  • Innovate: A proposal for an innovate session should set out the format and approach(es) that will be used in the session to engage participants in the exploration of the area of practice.

  • Workshop: Workshops are more interactive and informal than formal paper sessions, and can involve extended discussion, group brainstorming sessions, mini-tutorials around key ideas, and proof-of-concept demonstration sessions.



Proposal Selection and Topics:

The selection process for all types will be blind refereed. Proposals should be submitted in response to one of the following six conference themes:

i) Generating Principles for Change and Scaling
This strand seeks proposals that engage discussions contributing to theories and frameworks that would enable to critically examine innovative changes in education and their diffusion processes and practices in order to generate new ways of thinking and doing in various contexts.  

ii) Partnering for Innovative Change
This strand focuses on the meaningful partnerships for impactful innovations that can be created and explored not only within and across education systems but also without, including external organizations and corporations, in the larger local and global communities.  

iii) Leading Capacity for Change
The focus of this strand is on the styles of school and education system leaderships that direct efforts to increase individual and collaborative capacities at different levels and in education system contexts in order to bring about and sustain innovative changes in school practices. 

iv) Measuring and Evaluating School Change
This strand calls for proposals that can point to new directions in empirical research that would propel scholarship to effectively measure and evaluate school change for practical translations in specific school contexts.  

v) Converging Pathways for Policy, Research and Practice
This strand seeks proposals that probe the interrelationships between policy, research and practice and the ways they can be meaningfully brought together for greater cohesion in order to forge future oriented dialogues and enactments that affect not only the education systems but also the challenges of the global systems. 

vi) Growing Innovative Culture for School Change
This strand seeks proposals that provide empirical evidences or theoretical insights on the various means of cultivation and nurturance of group behaviors, habits of mind, and practices in specific education systems that are adaptive to novel conditions in local and global contexts.

All proposals must indicate the ICSEI network to which the proposal most closely relates. This information will be used in the program to allow participants to more easily identify papers and sessions with different themes. Please refer to this page for a description of the ICSEI Networks.

Key Dates for Call for Proposals: Proposals will be accepted from March 20 through June 30, 2017. All persons submitting proposals will be informed as to their acceptance by August 31, 2017.

Please note that the submitted abstract will be made available to all participants should the proposal be accepted.



Materials to be submitted with each type of proposal:

General Paper Proposal
The paper proposal should be in the form of an abstract comprising a maximum of 500 words excluding references, which will be used to judge the merits of the proposed paper. The proposal should outline the issue being explored or area of research being reported on, the conceptual underpinnings of the paper, its findings and a conclusion. The conference strand the paper connects with should also be indicated. The proposal should address the following as applicable:

  • Objectives or purpose
  • Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  • Methods, techniques or modes of inquiry
  • Data Sources/evidence
  • Results and conclusions/points of view
  • Educational importance of this study for theory, practice, and/or policy
  • Connection to the conference theme

 

Full Refereed Paper for ICSEI Publication

ICSEI provides the opportunity for selected papers to be published as ICSEI Monographs. These are published quarterly.  These papers must extend the research and discourse of:

  • school effectiveness
  • school improvement
  • school innovation


An abstract (800-1000 words) must be submitted for review. The abstract should include the title and five keywords that best reflect the proposed paper. The abstract should address:

  • Background/context
  • The research and/or issue under consideration
  • Overview of methodology (theoretical positioning of the research) and method(s) of data collection and analysis
  • Brief discussion of results and implications
  • Relevance to conference theme


Abstracts for refereed papers will be reviewed against the following criteria.

  • Relevance
  • The issue and process
  • Contribution to scholarship and/or practice
  • Clarity and standard of writing


Full Refereed Paper (from accepted abstracts): Authors of the accepted abstracts must submit a full version of their paper for peer review by October 31, 2017.

  • ICSEI referencing format is APA
  • Research and scholarly papers will be double blind reviewed by reviewers selected by the Conference Organising Committee. Papers will be reviewed using the following criteria
    • relevance of the topic to the conference theme and selected sub-theme
    • persuasiveness of evidence of effectiveness of the initiative or practice
    • soundness of the research methods and critical analysis
    • originality and contribution to scholarship
    • clear and coherent presentation of the argument
    • clarity and standard of writing



Symposium Proposal
The symposium proposal should begin with an introductory abstract of maximum 200 words that includes: a statement of the overarching theme of the symposium and the conference strand this relates to; the issue(s) or question(s) to be addressed; and an overview of how these will be addressed. This must be followed by abstracts of each paper, 500-word maximum, excluding references. Each abstract should indicate the issue or question, key ideas or conceptual approach, the main findings and conclusion. The two components of the proposal will be used to judge the merits of the proposed symposium and should, therefore, be submitted as a single document. The proposal should address the following as applicable:

  • Objectives or purposes of the symposium
  • Educational importance for theory, policy, research, and/or practice
  • For each presentation: role in symposium, contribution to the symposium topic, perspectives, research methods, results or conclusions
  • Explanation of how the session will be organized
  • Connection to the conference theme


The evaluators will review the introductory abstract, abstracts of each paper, and references without the names of the authors and presenters (which will be submitted separately). Therefore, the names of the symposium organizers and presenters should not appear in the text of the proposals.



Round Table Discussion Proposal
The round table discussion proposal should be in the form of either a joint maximum 500-word starter paper, or two 250-word outlines offering different perspectives. The starter paper(s) will be available via the website prior to the session to inform the discussion. The conference strand the discussion topic connects with should also be indicated. The joint starter paper or the two outlines will be used to judge the merit of the round table discussion. The proposal should contain the following as applicable:

  • Objectives or purpose
  • Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  • Methods, techniques or modes of inquiry
  • Data Sources/evidence
  • Results and conclusions/points of view
  • Educational importance of this study for theory, practice, and/or policy
  • Connection to the conference theme


Round table discussion proposals must be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum 200 words.



Poster Presentation Proposal
A proposal for a poster should be in the form of a maximum 500-word abstract and should include the research question or problem being investigated, overview of key ideas/concepts, methods, findings and conclusions, which will be used to judge the merit of the poster. The conference strand the poster connects with should also be indicated. The following guidelines should be considered for preparing the posters:

  • Size: The poster surface will be approximately 1 metre x 1.5 metres.

 


Innovate Session Proposal
A proposal for an innovate session should be in the form of a 500-word outline that describes the area of practice to be explored during the 30-minute session. The proposal should set out the format and approach(es) that will be used in the session to engage participants in the exploration of the area of practice. The proposal should also identify which conference strand the session connects with. The proposal should address the following as applicable:

  • Objectives or purposes of the session
  • Educational importance for theory, policy, research, and/or practice
  • Connection to the conference theme


Innovate session proposals must be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum 200 words.



Workshop Proposal
Workshops offer a forum for discussions of broad range of emerging and specialized topics of interest to the ICSEI community. Workshops are more interactive and informal than formal paper sessions, and they can involve extended discussion, group brainstorming sessions, mini-tutorials around key ideas and proof-of-concept demonstration sessions. A proposal for workshop should be in the form of a 500-word outline that describes the area of practice to be explored during the workshop.

Workshop proposals should make clear what knowledge, skills, tools, or insights participants might expect to gain from the session. Interdisciplinary and cross sector workshops are strongly encouraged. The proposal should also identify which conference strand the session connects with. The proposal should address the following as applicable:

  • Objectives or purposes of the session
  • Educational importance for theory, policy, research, and/or practice
  • Connection to the conference theme


Workshop proposals must be accompanied by an abstract of a maximum 200 words.


Formatting of Proposals

All abstracts, proposals, and references should use the following format specifications:

  • Single spacing
  • Font type Arial 12 point
  • Abstracts:
    500-word maximum for proposals of: individual papers; each paper in a symposium; and posters
  • 200-word maximum for all other formats (including the symposium overview)
  • References are not included in the word counts but must be in APA format

 

Evaluation of proposals

Proposals will be blind reviewed and evaluated by members of the Program Committee and ICSEI Networks. Proposals will be judged in terms of their contribution to educational theory, policy, research, and/or practice, and the quality of explanation of the aims of the presentation, theoretical perspectives, methods of inquiry and analysis, strength of results and conclusions,  connections to the conference theme and opportunities for interaction.

Symposium proposals will also be considered in terms of the structure of the symposium format. For proposals based on studies of school effectiveness and improvement policies and practices, the Program Committee will give priority to completed research, or research that has progressed to the point of presenting preliminary findings.

The outcome of the review process will be:

  • Accepted as is
  • Accepted with minor revisions
  • Accepted as a workshop or innovate session
  • Accepted as a poster
  • Rejected


If your paper is accepted for presentation, you need to resubmit the paper after editing for reviewer comments and adding any identifying information that was excluded from the version submitted for review including author name/s and institutional affiliation.

N.B. in 2018 ICSEI will publish all refereed abstracts. Proposals must follow prescribed requirements listed in each description.

 

Proposals can be submitted online here