All individuals with interest in educational research and scholarly endeavors may become members of AAERI.  The membership year runs from January 1 – December 31 of each year. Membership fees are required on a yearly basis and must be paid at or before the time of the conference registration.  All officers of AAERI are required to maintain their current membership in AAERI to serve as an officer of the organization.



Authors listed on papers that are submitted for presentation at the annual conference are also required to pay membership fees.  The senior author of each paper is required to attend the conference and pay both membership and registration fees. Co-authors are required to pay membership fees and must pay registration fees only if attending the conference. Registration fees will be returned if the proposal is rejected for conference presentation.  All authors presenting papers at the conference are required to stay at the conference hotel for the duration of the meeting.


An individual may participate in a maximum of three sessions, excluding invited addresses, business meetings, and award activities. AAERI will provide overhead projectors for proposals accepted as Symposia and Paper presentations, and any other audio-visual or equipment needs must be arranged by the participant at their own expense.



Research Papers

Research paper proposals are data-based studies that utilize any variety of quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodological approaches. They may also be descriptive of a methodology and its application.  Papers not meeting these criteria (e.g., literature reviews, essays, position papers) should be submitted under another format. The proposed paper should be written in APA Edition Style Six Guidelines format, and at least 15 copies brought to the conference for dissemination at the session.


Paper sessions provide an opportunity for an author to present an abbreviated version of his or her paper. A facilitator will chair each session, introduce each presenter and stimulate discussion of the papers after all the papers are presented.  The dialogue and discussion of papers is a critical component of each conference. To facilitate interaction among participants, sessions will be 75 minutes in length and as a rule feature three or fewer papers, fewer papers than is traditional at other conferences. Typically, this permits 20 minutes per paper presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.



Symposia are integrated dialogues between three or more 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. The format is intended to provide attendees with an opportunity to hear presenters engage in dialogue about cutting-edge research, practice, theory building, or policy development.


The organizer of the session will be the facilitator, introduce each participant and provide a summary of the participant’s perspective on the topic or theme of the symposium. The panel members are expected to prepare a commentary paper addressing central questions regarding the issue under consideration. The facilitator will divide the session to include sufficient time to integrate themes or identify questions for further discussion and for attendees to contribute to the discussion.


Roundtable Discussions

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 narrowly focused topics of policy, practice, professional, or theoretical concerns.


Individual presenters are assigned numbered tables in a single meeting room where interested persons may gather with the presenter to discuss 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. Facilitators are assigned to roundtable sessions to stimulate discussion with the presenter. Audiovisual equipment is not provided for round table sessions.


Discussion Sessions

Discussion Groups are highly interactive sessions, which stimulate participation, discussion,

and debate and group interaction.  These usually focus on a controversial topic in educational research and are designed to promote interaction between the session presenters and the attendees.  It is designed for larger group sessions than are roundtables. A person is assigned to the discussion group as a facilitator unless one is submitted with the proposal.


Poster Sessions

Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research throughout the session.  Materials for a poster session will be posted beside the registration desk for the entire conference. The Poster session presenter should plan to be at the conference for its duration and be available at the registration desk during the morning coffee breaks on each of the conference days to discuss his/her poster.


Presenters must set up their display before the start of the conference and remove it promptly at the end of the conference, as well as have copies of papers or summaries available. A brief abstract of the paper in large typescript should form part of the display. Displays often include visual aids in the form of graphs or charts.