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BERA Conference 2021

13 September 2021 to 16 September 2021Virtual Conference

Abstract submission

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2021

Type of submission Maximum number of words (Additional 250 words for references)
Symposia 750 words
Individual Papers 750 words
Digital Posters 750 words
Workshops 750 words

PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT

Symposia

Virtual Conference information:
Accepted symposium will be automatically pre-selected as a live session. However, you have the option to select to be a pre-recorded on demand sessions.

Submission information:
750 word abstract of the symposium, and must include the title and a paragraph about each paper in the symposium. There is an additional 250 words for references. Example of structure for Symposium. The symposium as a whole must have a clear focus and each paper therein must be clearly related to the overall focus/theme of the symposium but also offer distinct perspectives. Symposiums are 90 mins long and consist of more than one paper on a related theme. There is no limit to the number of papers in a symposium, but you are restricted by time.

If your abstract does not include a paragraph under the title of each paper, this may be reviewed as an individual abstract. 

Please also ensure your symposium is anonymous. Your abstract may be edited to anonymise for the reviewing process and if successful can then edited to include presenters for each paper.

You can also contact one of the Special Interest Groups who may be putting together symposia. Visit www.bera.ac.uk/communities for a list of all the SIGs and contact details.

Reviewing criteria:

  • Clarity of the focus of the research
  • Originality of the symposium proposal
  • Rigour and coherence of the symposium and its individual papers
  • Significance of the research for education practice, policy or theory

Individual Papers

Virtual Conference information:
Accepted individual papers will be automatically pre-selected as a pre-recorded, on demand session. You will also be allocated a time slot to be available for ‘live’ Q&A for your presentation. However, you have the option to select to be a live session with other relevant individual papers that the CEC will put together.

Submission information:
750 word abstract with an additional 250 words for references.

Option to specify Student, New Researcher, Post-doctoral Researcher, Teacher/Practitioner Researcher Papers.

You can also contact one of the Special Interest Groups who may be putting together symposia if your individual paper might be relevant. Visit www.bera.ac.uk/communities for a list of all the SIGs and contact details.

Reviewing criteria:

  • Clarity of the focus of the research
  • Originality of the research
  • Rigour of the research
  • Significance of the research for education practice, policy or theory

Digital Posters

Virtual Conference information:
Accepted posters will be uploaded to the platform. You will also be allocated a time slot to be available for ‘live’ Q&A for your presentation.

Submission information:
750 word abstract with an additional 250 words for references.

Reviewing criteria:

  • Clarity of the focus of the research
  • Suitability of the format
  • Rigour of the research
  • Significance of the proposal for practice, policy or theory

Workshops

Virtual Conference information:
Accepted workshops will be live sessions and limited with participation numbers.

Submission information:
750 word abstract with an additional 250 words for references. These must be highly participatory sessions that need audience interaction. Abstracts must include how these will be different than one of the other submission types.

Reviewing criteria:

  • Clarity of the focus of the research
  • Suitability of the session format
  • Rigour of the research
  • Significance of the proposal for practice, policy or theory

Themes

All submissions should indicate the theme which closely relates to the topic when submitting.  BERA reserves the right to reassign your abstract to a different theme than submitted if more relevant for programming purposes. Some themes relate to our Special Interest Groups, details here: www.bera.ac.uk/communities. If your paper abstract does not fall within the remits of the listed themes, please email conference@bera.ac.uk and you will be given instructions how to submit.

  • Alternative Education
  • Artificial and Human Intelligence
  • Arts Based Educational Research
  • Children and Childhood
  • Climate and Sustainability Education
  • Comparative and International Education
  • Creativities in Education
  • Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Educational Effectiveness and Improvement
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making
  • Educational Technology
  • English in Education
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Impact of COVID
  • Inclusive Education and SEND
  • Literacy and Language
  • Mathematics Education
  • Medical Education
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education
  • Migrant Education
  • Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy
  • Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning
  • Practitioner Research
  • Prison Education
  • Race, Ethnicity and Education
  • Religions, Values and Education
  • Research Methodology in Education
  • Sexualities and Gender
  • Social Justice
  • Social Theory and Education
  • Socio-Cultural and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory
  • Sociology
  • Teacher Education and Development
  • Youth Studies and Informal Education

Bursaries and awards

There are various bursaries and awards available at the conference.

Student Bursary – Deadline 19th April 2021
Successful bursary applicants will be awarded a complimentary place at the BERA Annual Conference. Full and part time students are eligible to apply. Students must have an accepted abstract for the conference, be a BERA Member and not have previously received support from BERA.
Please visit the bursary information page for further details.

Teacher/Practitioner/Independent Researchers Bursary – Deadline 19th April 2021
Successful bursary applicants will be awarded a complimentary place at the BERA Annual Conference. All applicants must have an accepted abstract for the conference, be a BERA Member and not have previously received support from BERA.
Please visit the bursary information page for further details.

Delegate choice award – Deadline 11th October 2021
There will be an opportunity during the conference to vote for your favourite presentation. The presentation with the most votes will be awarded the delegate choice award. More information coming soon.

Abstract reviewing

Each abstract is reviewed blindly by two reviewers drawn from members of the Special Interest Groups and the BERA Committees.

All BERA members will have the opportunity to peer review the abstracts submitted. If you would like to be added to the database please click here.