Physics Education Research Conference 2012 Session Formats
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PERC 2012 will commence with the Bridging Session on Wednesday afternoon. During this session, two speakers from outside the field will give two half-hour invited talks. There will then be a half hour coffee break, during which time audience members can write down questions for the later discussion. After reconvening, a PER discussant will spend about 15 minutes presenting on connections between the plenary speakers’ ideas and the PER community’s work. The remaining 45 minutes will be a panel discussion including the two plenary speakers, the PER discussant, and another PER moderator.
All invited sessions are eligible to submit an invited paper to the PERC proceedings; invited papers submitted by the proceedings deadline for contributed papers will be peer-reviewed.
Symposia should be organized around a common theme or body of work. All symposia will begin with brief introductory remarks from a discussant. There are two possible formats for symposia: posters and talks. In a poster symposium, participants will freely mingle around the gallery of poster contributions, allowing for more interactive and informal conversations with individual presenters. In a talk symposium, participants will sit through a series of talks. In both formats, the discussant will present concluding remarks from the discussant to synthesize the collection of work, there will be a period for open discussion. Although it is not a requirement, all symposia presenters are urged to present their research on the conference theme. It is also suggested that presenters distribute full papers to the discussant in advance of the session, and that no more than five be presented in a given session.
Workshops afford participants an opportunity to engage with the research tools and strategies employed by the presenter(s). Workshop presenters will create an interactive environment in which participants will become familiarized with real data or research results and work collaboratively to discuss their analysis and/or implications through activities. Workshops are collaborative explorations in which participants assist presenters with data analysis. Workshops should strive to address issues that pertain to the conference theme and/or general issues related to methodology of physics education research.
Every attendee is invited to contribute a poster describing his/her current research. Contributed posters can address any theme in PER. Contributed posters should be no larger than 4' by 4'.
Posters submitted before the proceedings-eligible deadline are eligible to submit a paper to the PERC proceedings. Posters submitted to the later deadline are not.
Roundtable discussions allow maximum interaction with the presenters by reducing/eliminating the formal didactic presentations. In the bulk of the time, participants break into small groups to discuss pertinent issues, moderated by session leaders. Individual presenters are assigned tables in a meeting room where interested persons may gather for discussion with the presenter about his or her paper or project. This format is particularly appropriate for addressing topics best pursued through extensive discussion.