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Proposals are invited for Interdisciplinary Seminar Papers, Workshops and Poster Presentations on one of the four conference themes.

  • Managing complexity in education
  • New technologies and their impact on secondary, tertiary and continuing education
  • Human rights and education - from teenager to adult in education and active life
  • Access to education for girls and women

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstract submission deadline is midnight South African Standard Time on May 6, 2016
  • Proposals received after this date will not be accepted.
  • All abstracts can be submitted online through the conference website at www.gwiconference.org
  • Only through prior arrangements and in special circumstance will abstracts by fax or post be considered. Please contact the conference organisers on +27 31 303 9852 to discuss.
  • Abstracts/proposals should contain material that has not been presented at other meetings or conferences.  However, new aspects of the previously published or presented materials may be considered.
  • Authors who wish to submit more than one abstract should fill out a separate submission form for each abstract. Due to scheduling issues, presenters appearing in multiple sessions may be not be able to participate in all requested sessions.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed and the final selection made by the Programme Committee.
  • GWI members who have their seminar paper, workshop or poster accepted for presentation, should, as a courtesy, notify their national federation or association.
  • No accepted abstract will be included in the programme unless registration and payment has been received. All accepted presenters must be registered and fully paid by June 30, 2016.
  • It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author.
  • All abstracts must be written in English. No other languages will be accepted.
  • The text cannot exceed 300 words. Submit an abstract for Seminar Papers or Posters or a descriptive summary for workshops.
  • No graphics will be permitted in the proposal or abstract. 

Proposals are invited for Interdisciplinary Seminar Papers, Workshops and Poster.
Presentations on one of the four conference themes.

  • Managing complexity in education
  • New technologies and their impact on secondary, tertiary and continuing  education
  • Human rights and education - from teenager to adult in education and  active life
  • Access to education for girls and women

Presentations may be one of the following:

Interdisciplinary Seminar Papers

  • An interdisciplinary seminar paper is a presentation of no more than 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion) on a specific topic and it allows for a brief overview of the major points / highlights of a particular project or programme.  Four to six seminar papers with a shared focus will be grouped together as a seminar, with a seminar leader who is not a presenter.  Time is allowed for questions, answers, and sometimes debate.  It is not an academic lecture. 
  • An individual wishing to present a paper should submit an abstract (maximum 300 words), which makes clear the aims and objectives and reports on work completed.
  • Submissions must be based on research undertaken, theoretical analysis or direct experience.  Preference will be given to papers which are action-oriented, that is, papers that draw conclusions from their material as to possible actions that might be undertaken or describe actions (successful or unsuccessful) that have already been undertaken.

Interactive Workshops

  • A workshop is an interactive session – during which at least half of the allocated period is dedicated to audience participation, exchange of ideas or skills – with one or more presenters who are experts in the subject they are presenting.  It is not an academic lecture. 
  • The document “General Information on Preparing a Workshop” provides useful tips on creating a successful workshop. Refer to “Preparing a Workshop”.
  • Workshop proposers should submit a summary (maximum 300 words), which makes clear the aims, objectives, need for and focus on how the audience will participate in the workshop session.  This should include any specific requirements for interaction that will affect the room layout and the numbers of participants who can be accommodated (i.e. equipment and room/ desk set up).
  • Workshops will be 90 minutes in length.
  • Preference will be given to workshop proposals with partnerships between two or more GWI national affiliates or other groups working together.
  • LANGUAGE: Most workshops will be given in English.  French and Spanish may be used if volunteer translation is available.  The proposal, however, must be submitted in English. 

Poster Presentations

  • Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive medium. 
  • Material for a display presentation should be mounted on a poster board (usually A0 or 120cm x 100cm or maximum approx. 100cm x 200cm), and is staffed by the author (this is mandatory) for a designated period of time.
  • Poster presentations should emphasize the problem, what was done, why the work is important and the outcome of the research.
  • Poster/demonstration presenters requiring system hardware and software will be required to arrange for their own systems hardware and   software.  An individual wishing to present a poster should submit an abstract (maximum 300 words), which makes clear the aims and objectives of the poster.

Proposers should bear in mind the purpose of the presentation is to provide an overview of the subject in a brief period of time, to initiate a conversation around the topic selected.

Notification of acceptance/decline will commence on 15th May 2016.

Criteria: Criteria for evaluating the quality of abstracts/proposals include originality of ideas and methods, concise presentation of methods and results, clarity of application and implementation and quality of writing.  Each abstract/proposal will be reviewed by three people.

Languages: Presentations will be in English only.  Proposals, abstracts, and all written documents must be presented in English. (A workshop may be given in French or Spanish provided that a translator is provided by the workshop presenter/s).