Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST 

The Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Research Symposium (GRaS) at the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals to present all scholarly work graduate students are developing within their in-person or online programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I).

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Symposium Details

The symposium is defined as an open space for graduate students to engage in a reflective dialogue concerning their research work at different stages of development. While the symposium aims to provide supportive feedback to all graduate students in the department, the presentations will be developed toward reaching a rigorous observation of the inquiry process that scholars are developing in their respective fields of study. All students in the C&I in-person and online graduate programs are encouraged to submit proposals.

For this edition, we are transitioning to the incorporation of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education into C&I, and we are also organizing this conference to exchange ideas about our research in a post COVID-19 context. 

GRaS is the evolution of our previous Curriculum and Instruction Research and Creative Activities Symposium (CIRCAS). Please, follow the guidelines below to prepare and submit your proposal. We are excited to receive your work and meet you on the day of the conference, which will be held on March 3, 2023, in the School of Education.

Submission Guidelines 

Graduate students from the C&I programs are eligible to submit proposals. You are welcome to submit your work if you belong to other SoE departments and you are developing a collaborative work with scholars from the C&I Department.

Presentation Formats 

Individual Papers 

Individual paper proposals provide an opportunity to present original contributions to research, theory, and practice. Submissions should demonstrate an awareness of relevant literature, and clearly indicate the importance of your research. 

Individual presenters will have 20 minutes to deliver the content of their individual papers, allowing 10 minutes at the end of all the presentations for questions and answers. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. 

  • Name and title of the presenter, institutional affiliation, and contact information 
  • Title of the proposed presentation
  • Abstract (300 words)
  • Indicate any A/V equipment needs for your presentation 

Roundtable Discussion 

Individuals may propose to organize a roundtable discussion (60 minutes) on a topic related to research. Like panels, the participants in roundtable discussion (composed of 4 individuals) are coordinated by an organizer/moderator and offer different perspectives on your research topic. However, rather than focusing on the presentation of individual papers, presentation time for each discussant is limited to 8 minutes. Most of the session is devoted to dialogue between the discussants and the audience.

For roundtable discussions, submit an abstract of no more than 300 words that includes the required information listed below. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the roundtable discussion. Proposals for a roundtable discussion must also include: 

  • Name, title, and institutional affiliation for each additional participant. 
  • Role or proposed topic to be covered by each additional participant 
  • Indication that all proposed participants have been contacted and have agreed to participate. 
  • Indicate any A/V equipment needs for your presentation 

Poster Session

Presenters will be allocated a time slot within the main conference venue to model through a poster exhibition. Conference participants will also be able to view displays at their leisure during session breaks, therefore the content of the poster must be self-explanatory. Materials to hang poster presentations will be provided by the presenters. Posters must also contain the name, institutional affiliation, and contact information of the authors.

The 300-word abstract should briefly describe the overall concept as well as how the visual and verbal narratives will unfold must be provided.

Types of Work

Completed work: The state of the research considers literature review or narrative, research questions, theoretical or conceptual framework, methodology, data collection, data analysis, and discussion. 

Work in progress: This is an intermediate stage. It would require having collected data for analysis, at least. 

Early-stage designs: Research in this state is nascent and ideas are constantly evolving. It would not require data collection, but we encourage researchers to have a draft of their literature review, possible research questions, and tentative theoretical or conceptual framework, and/or methodology. 

  • As indicated above, all proposals should not exceed 300 words. 
  • Please choose the following presentation formats mentioned above to submit your proposal: Individual presentations, roundtable discussion, or poster session. However, the Conference Committee reserves the right to negotiate the proposed delivery format with the speaker.
  • Online presentations are exclusively open to online graduate students only. However, in person students are welcome to join the online presentation in the space we will set up for such purpose. This will be announced in the symposium program.

Important Dates 

  • Proposals will only be accepted through the GRaS 2023 Google Form, and the deadline is January 31, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Each proposal will be reviewed by the Proposal Review Committee, and applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals by February 6, 2023. 
  • The symposium will be held on March 3, 2023.