Summer 2000

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2001 - Battle Flag Burning
in South Carolina?

Many of you who have read my introductory columns will know that I have difficulties beginning these articles. This introduction is particularly difficult because our trip back to Hilton Head is enveloped in controversy.

Some members are asking whether EERA should patronize a State that officially flies the confederate battle flag over the capitol - a symbol of southern rebellion, states rights, AND slavery? Others are considering ways to use the visit as an opportunity to bring attention to the racism prevalent in our society at large and in our schools in particular. Still others are likely to wonder what the big deal is and why should they care. The Board has had some intense discussions on these and other points of view.

Since the controversy broke on to the national stage and created a stir in our organization, the Governor of South Carolina has ordered the battle flag of the confederacy to be moved from the capitol building to the confederate monument. The Board is forwarding a letter to the governor supporting the removal of the flag from the capitol as an initial step toward the full enhancement of equity and dignity for all citizens. Given these circumstances, the Board has opted to seize the moment as a chance to contribute our voices to a larger question: What can educators and researchers do to bring about social justice?

The theme for the conference in 2001 will be "Educating for Social Justice in a Diverse Society." As with last year's theme, the topic is broad enough for all of our special interest groups and divisions to contribute to a dialogue. The Town Meeting will focus on anti-racist education as a particular example of an attempt to bring about social justice through education and research.

On a personal note, I am wondering why, exactly, we ever considered boycotting the State of South Carolina? In hindsight, such an action doesn't seem like much of a strategy. I wonder what would have happened if civil rights activists, many of whom are still largely unknown, had adopted this strategy? Where on earth could they have held their meetings?

The 24th annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association will be held from February 14th to February 17th at the Hyatt Regency in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I hope to see you there.

R.J.C., Editor

Conference Deadlines

11 September, 2000 Proposals must be received by Division Directors for review.

16 October, 2000 Division Directors send review decisions to members. Also, Division Directors must submit program decisions and session sheets to the Program Chairperson.

11 December, 2000 Division Directors notify participants of exact placement within the program.

31 January, 2001 Participants send copies of complete papers to chairs / discussants.

Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline September 11, 2000

Educational researchers may submit for consideration original proposals that have not been published or presented at another professional meeting. Members are encouraged to submit proposals related to the conference theme "Educating for Social Justice in a Diverse Society." Proposals may be sent to any EERA Division. If the proposal is accepted, the presenting author is expected to join EERA, pay conference fees, and present the paper at the conference. All formats require that the presenter prepare a paper for distribution at the conference. Those who are accepted for a paper presentation are expected to mail their completed papers to their session discussant by January 3 1, 2001.

Original proposed research presentations are to be based on completed work, or work to be completed before the annual conference. The proposal must be received by the appropriate Division Director by September 11, 2000 for consideration. The program will consist of papers and other formats for educational research presentations which have been accepted by the Division and SIG Chairs. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two or more scholars and practitioners in the field of education, with reviews provided to those who submit proposals.

How to Submit a Proposal

A proposal may be submitted to only one Division or SIG. An individual may participate in a maximum of three sessions, excluding invited addresses, Conversation Hours, business meetings, and award activities. EERA will provide overhead projectors for proposals accepted as Symposia and Paper presentations; equipment needs must participant other audio-visual or be arranged by the participant.

Submitted proposals should be no more than two pages in length and should summarize the major objectives or focus, the theoretical perspective, research methods or techniques, data sources, results, conclusions, and educational, or scientific significance of the work. Three copies of the proposal must be submitted to the appropriate Division or SIG chair for review. In addition, each submission must include three self-addressed, stamped business envelopes and three 3" x 5" index cards including the title of the proposal and author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address as you want it to appear in the program and on the Web version of the program (including zip code), phone number (including area code), and e-mail address (if any). A list of Divisions and SIGs including the name, address, and phone number of each chairperson, is attached.

Session Formats: Research Papers

Description: Research paper proposals are structured synopses or completed, data-based studies that utilize any of a variety of quantitative or qualitative methodological approaches. Papers not meeting these criteria (e.g. literature reviews, essays, position papers) should be submitted under another format. The proposed paper should be appropriate for submission to a refereed journal. If a paper proposal is accepted, the author must send his or her paper to the discussant by Wednesday, January 31, 2001 to allow for adequate review time.

How it works: Paper sessions provide an opportunity for an author to present an abbreviated version of his or her paper. A critique or discussion may follow each paper or may be critiqued or discussed as a group. The order of presentation will follow the order printed in the program. Having 4 papers assigned to a session allows approximately 5 minutes for the Chair to introduce the session, 10 minutes for four paper presenters, 20 minutes of critique or facilitated discussion, and 25 minutes for open discussion. Paper sessions will have both a session chair and qualified discussant to review the papers. Evaluation Criteria: Paper proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) the originality of the work; (c) the adequacy of the theoretical/conceptual framework; (d) appropriateness of the mode of inquiry; (e) the rigor and accuracy of the analysis of the data; (f) clarity of the written exposition of ideas, analyses, and arguments; and(g) reasonableness of stated conclusions and implications in light of findings and previous research.

Session Formats: Symposia

Description: Symposia are thematic, integrated dialogues between session participants about a clearly identified theme or topic. This format allows a team of researchers or practitioners to present or review scholarly perspectives on issues in higher education. The format is not intended as an opportunity to present papers that have not gone through a review process. Rather, symposia should provide attendees with an opportunity to hear presenters engage in dialogue amongst themselves as well as with attendees about cutting-edge research, practice, theory building, or policy development.
How it works: The organizer of the session will act as the chair of the program. Thisperson will introduce each member of the symposia and identify their particular perspective on the topic of the session. The time for presentations will be divided among the participants. The panel members are expected to prepare a commentary paper addressing central questions regarding the issue under consideration. The chair will divide the session to include sufficient time for the discussant to integrate themes or identify questions for further discussion and for the attendees to contribute to the discussion.
Evaluation Criteria:

Symposia proposals will be evaluated on: (a) originality; (b) clarity of topic; (c) significance of topic and/or relevance to BERA members, (d) organization and coherence of individual presentations, (e) range of knowledge and points of view represented by presenters; and (1) opportunities for audience participation.

Session Formats: Roundtable Discussions

Description: Roundtables may be proposed on any topic, but are best suited for small group discussions intended to advance, enhance, or share information about research projects that are still in progress. Roundtables are also a useful format for discussion of sharply or narrowly focused topics of policy, practice, professional, or theoretical concerns. Proposals may be submitted that are for one roundtable only or for a group of related round tables.
How it works: Individual presenters are assigned numbered tables in a large meeting room where interested persons may gather with the presenter about his or her paper or project. Authors are expected to bring copies of their full papers or summaries and to remain available for discussion throughout the session. Roundtables are not appropriate forums for formal paper presentations or for topics that would engage large groups of people. The present will act as the chair of the session. Discussants are not assigned to roundtable sessions.
Evaluation Criteria: Roundtable proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic / issue / problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.

Session Formats: Poster Sessions

Description: Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research throughout the session.
How it works: Presenters must set up their displays prior to the start of the session and remove it promptly at the end, as well as have copies of papers or summaries available. A brief abstract of the paper in large typescript should for part of the display. Also displays often include visual aids in the form of graphs or charts.
Evaluation Criteria: Roundtable proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic / issue / problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.

Want to be a Chair or Discussant?
Contact: Marshall Strax
Conference Program Chairperson
College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 290-4367 Email: swampstrax@hotmail.com

President's Message
Dear EERA Colleagues:

As we begin the preparation for our 2001 conference, there are many items that must be carefully considered and implemented to insure a successful and meaningful conference. The design and distribution of the call for presentations must be informative in order to facilitate the process and eliminate confusion. The selection of the conference theme, invited speakers, and special programs must be catalytic for stimulating and productive dialogue. The conference program must be arranged in a conducive manner so conference participants can encounter a rewarding and enriching experience. Proposal reviewers must exercise insightful scrutiny to insure the delivery of quality research reports.

In essence, there are many key players and variables that must be carefully orchestrated to enhance the probability for a successful conference. More important, one key factor that I have not mentioned but I believe is influential in either the success or failure of a conference lies within our membership. In my last Eastern Researcher message, I shared my perception that the membership in our association embraces a spirit of intellectual quality in a nurturing environment. The quality of the research presentations and the respectful rapport among our members have been instrumental in establishing a positive image of EERA. I am confident that this reputation has been an attraction for participation in the annual conferences.

However, we cannot relax our commitment to this upcoming conference because of our reputation. All of us must demonstrate a sincere responsibility to the tasks for achieving a successful 2001 conference. The responsibility to submit quality proposals, to forward required and completed materials to appropriate individuals, to attend or present at assigned sessions, to attend and interact at numerous sessions or events, to assist in establishing an atmosphere of collegiality, and to participate in the continual growth of this association. These responsibilities must be taken seriously. Like a chain, the degree of our strength will rest on the weakest link. If every link of responsibility to this conference is fortified, then we will add another positive conference to the EERA history.

As always, I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you in Hilton Head.


John F. vonEschenbach


Proposal ID#:

Only complete, mailed (not faxed or emailed) proposals will be considered. Each proposal must include the following:
  • Three copies of this cover sheet.
    Three copies of the proposal, which is crafted according to the specifics for each format.
  • Three 3x5 index cards with the title of the paper and the author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address with zip code, and phone number including area code.
  • Three stamped, self-addressed, 4 x 9-1/2 business envelopes.

  1. Title of Proposal:

  2. Name:_______________________________________________________________
    (last name)           (first name)           (middle initial)


    Mailing Address:


    E-mail address:

  3. List the full names and institutional affiliations of co-authors:




  4. Subject Descriptors (List three one- or two-word descriptors that briefly describe the topic of the proposal.):




  5. Indicate the your first (I), second (2) and third (3) choice of format for which this proposal is intended:

    ______ Paper Session ______ Symposium Session

    ______ Poster Session ______ Roundtable Session

  6. Are you preparing your paper to relate to the theme "Educating for Social Justice": (YES)  (NO)
    Note: your response to this question is not used in evaluation decisions.

  7. EERA provides overhead projectors. If this proposal will require them, check here: _______________ If this proposal will require other audiovisual equipment, it will be the responsibility of the presenter(s) to provide it.

  8. I hereby certify that if this proposal is accepted, I will attend the EERA conference and deliver the work proposed. I also certify that the work proposed to be presented at FERA 2001 has not been previously published or presented at other professional meetings.



The Board of Directors

Minutes of Board Meetings
Conference Statistics 2000
Program Sessions EERA's Conference in Clearwater, Florida included 102 sessions plus two invited speakers. In total there were 55 paper sessions in which 145 papers were presented. 264 persons were listed in the program as presenters. 123 persons served as chairs, discussants, or both. 15 of EERA's 36 SIG's held one or more sessions.
Registration Professional 205
Student 73
Total 278
166 of these were pre-registered for the conference. The total registration was down 10 from the previous year's conference.

Hotel Occupancy 241 adults and 30 children associated with the EFRA conference were registered in the resort. Tuesday and Wednesday reservations exceed projected numbers. Project reservations for Thursday, Friday and Saturday exceed actual reservations. Overall, 130 fewer rooms were used than projected.
Journal of Research in Education The Editorial Board was responsible for publishing the Fall 1999 issue of the Journal of Research in Education. The issue included 17 manuscripts and was 98 pages in length. It was divided into three sections: (a) Contributed Articles, (b) Special Theme Section, (c) Brief Research Reports.

With this issue, the Editorial Board made progress in meeting three goals for improving the Journal. First the Fall issue was published and mailed to members in Fall 1999. Second, contributors to the Fall issue were able to review the galleys for their articles before publication. Third, Mrs. Sheila Meissner was hired to typeset the Journal and produce an appropriate layout for pages.

2001 EERA Conference Registration Form
Please indicate where you want your mail by checking the box next to Business or Home Address

NAME: _____________________________________________________________

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION:________________________________________________

Address (Business)____________________________________________________________
City__________________________________         State______________ Zip____________________
Address (Home)____________________________________________________________
City__________________________________         State______________ Zip____________________
Pre-registration 200 1-2002 Member Fee (before January 1, 2001) $ 60.
Pre-registration Non-member Fee (Before January 1, 2001) $105.
Late 1998-99 Member Registration Fee (After January 1, 2001) $ 70.
Late Non-member Registration Fee (After January 1, 2001) $115.

**Note: A luncheon held on Friday, February 16th is included in the registration fee.
To be eligible for the member conference registration rate, you must renew your membership for the 200]-2002 year or become a new member. The membership application is attached.

Please make check payable to EERA and mail to: Dr. Michael Green, EERA Treasurer, ED 239, University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222.

2000-2001 EERA Membership Form
Please indicate where you want your mail by checking the box next to Business or Home Address

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION: _________________________________________________

Address (Business)____________________________________________________________
City__________________________________         State______________ Zip____________________
Address (Home)____________________________________________________________
City__________________________________         State______________ Zip____________________
Professional Membership $ 45.00
Student Membership*$ 25.00
* Proof of student status or the endorsement or an EERA Member who is a faculty member at the student 's institution is required.
To be eligible for the member conference registration rate, you must renew your membership for the 200]-2002 year or become a new member. The membership application is attached.
Signature of Endorser

Are you a first time EERA member?  Yes     No

Member since
Please make check payable to EERA and mail to: Dr. Michael Green, EERA Treasurer, ED 239, University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222.

Nomination Procedures for Elections

Election Procedures

The Board of Directors has developed the following voting procedures for this year's election of officers to the Board.
  • September 4 - All nominations for positions are to be received by the President (See address to the left). Nominations must include a brief biographical sketch and a description of EERA activities. Willingness to serve should be ascertained prior to nomination; self-nominations are welcome.

  • September 25 - Copies of all nominating materials will be sent for review to the members of the nominating committee as designated in the EERA Constitution.

  • November Board of Directors Meeting -The nominating committee will submit a recommended slate to the Board of Directors and a slate will be finalized with a minimum of two and a maximum of four nominees for each position.

  • November 30 A special election ballot will be mailed to all current members.

  • January 15 - All ballots are to be received by the Treasurer (See address to the left). Signatures on envelopes will be checked initially to determine eligibility of the ballot; eligible ballots will then be tallied independently by two persons. The Hare system will be used to tally the ballots.

  • February .1 - All ballots will be tallied.

  • February 17 - Results will be reported at the annual business meeting.
Description of Positions Open for Elections
The officers of the Corporation that will be on the slate for election in 2001 shall be the President-elect, Vice-president for Conference Planning, Secretary, Treasurer, Director for Divisions and Special Interest Groups, Director of Membership, Director of Communications, Director of Special Programs, Director of Regional Representatives, and Graduate Student Ombudsman.
Responsibilities of the Officers that are elected by the membership:

  1. President-elect will automatically succeed the President after the completion of the two-year term. The duties will be to preside at Council, Board of Directors and business meetings in the absence of the President and to review and make recommendations in matters of organization and direction of the Council.

  2. The Conference Planning Vice-President will be responsible for planning and managing the Annual Conference for the Eastern Educational Research Association. The Vice-president for Conference Planning will coordinate and supervise the conference activities and shall work with the Conference Planning Team which consists of the President, President-elect, Vice-president for Conference Planning, Program Chair, and Treasurer. All recommendations will be subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

  3. The Secretary shall issue notices of Council, Board of Directors and business meetings and keep minutes thereafter. The Secretary shall have charge of the Corporation Seal and shall sign such instruments as required.

  4. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the Corporation and shall keep regular books of the account. The Treasurer shall countersign all investments as required and will be authorized to collect and disburse all funds of the Corporation given the authorization of the Board. The Treasurer shall be bonded with the cost of the bond funded by the Corporation. The Treasurer shall be responsible for receiving applications for membership and conference registration, and will keep all records thereof. An ad hoc audit committee will be appointed to review the account books of the Corporation prior to each transfer of office of the Treasurer or at the time of the election.

  5. The Director of Divisions and Special Interest Groups will be responsible for managing all divisions and special interest groups and coordinating these activities for the annual conference as well as any special meetings. The Director for Divisions and Special Interest Groups will make recommendations on the addition or deletion of divisions and special interest groups as provided for in the Bylaws, and will be responsible for maintaining the names of authorized divisions and special interest groups and make record of the organizations. The Director receives undesignated, unsolicited papers and is responsible for the distribution of such unsolicited papers to the appropriate division director. If a division director's position becomes vacant, the Director for Divisions and Special Interest Groups shall serve as the interim director for said division pending appointment of a new director.

  6. The Director of Membership will be responsible for developing membership programs and developing plans for increasing membership. The Director will be responsible for the creation of recruitment literature.

  7. The Director of Communications will be responsible for the coordination of all publications. The Director shall coordinate the printing of the call for papers, the newsletter of the Corporation, the conference program, and such other publications as the Board of Directors may authorize. The Director, with the Treasurer, will coordinate the publication.of the Membership Directory. The Director will work in cooperation with the Newsletter Editor to coordinate publication timetables and with the Vice President for Conference Planning to develop conference mailing.

  8. The Director of Special Programs will be responsible for programs between annual conferences, conference pre-session programs, and invited conference and conversation-hour speakers.

  9. The Director of Regional Representatives will be responsible for coordinating activities of the regional representatives. Typical duties include distributing materials (e.g. brochures, call for proposals, etc.), developing and maintaining linkages with other professionals within and across regions, recruiting new members and encouraging greater involvement in EERA among regional colleagues.

  10. The Director of Student Services will be responsible for designing, implementing, and coordinating conference sessions and EERA activities that enhance the membership and professional development of graduate students involved in educational research.<>br> If you would like to nominate someone or if you would like to learn more about the positions, you may contact John vonEschenbach, President (see address and contact number on page 6).

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