Individual paper sessions:
Comprised of several independently proposed papers, an individual paper session gives authors an opportunity to present abbreviated versions of their empirical or theoretical/conceptual scholarship. After the papers are presented, a discussant will offer commentary on key revelations, vexations, and themes raised by the papers, and a chairperson will moderate questions and responses by audience members.
A symposium offers presenters, discussants, and audience members the opportunity to explore a particular problem or theme from various perspectives. Organizers of symposium sessions typically establish the topic, identify and solicit participation from appropriate scholars, and assemble and submit a single proposal representing the collective work of participants. Symposium proposals should include no more than six participants. The organizer must obtain permission and input from each individual represented in a symposium proposal. Symposium proposals must specify a discussant for the session. The chair, presenters, and discussant will determine how time is to be allocated during symposiums.
Alternative format sessions:
An alternative format session offers conference attendees an opportunity to explore contemporary issues or dilemmas in social education via a unique forum not represented by paper sessions and symposiums. In the past, alternative format sessions have included informal discussions, town hall meetings, roundtables, papers-in-progress, structured poster sessions, research planning and methodological activities, professional development workshops, off-site visits, video presentations and performances, and book talks. Sessions that promote active participation and open dialogue among audience members are strongly encouraged. Proposal authors will determine how time is to be allocated during alternative format sessions.
Research Into Practice (RIP) sessions:
RIP sessions offer CUFA members the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the implications of research for educational practice. Given their association with the regular NCSS Conference program, audience members typically are classroom teachers, teacher educators, and some supervisors and school administrators. With that audience in mind, presentations should feature scholarly, yet accessible, discussions and activities of interest to practicing educators. These sessions should not be as abstract as a typical CUFA presentation, nor should they aim simply to share resources and/or technical skills. The NCSS leadership has allocated six one-hour timeslots for RIP sessions on Friday, November 22.