41st Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society

Call for Program Proposals


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Submission Deadline: December 1, 2010

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The annual meeting of the Piaget Society brings together social scientists and scholars from a broad range of disciplines who are interested in knowledge and development. Individual papers and symposia on cognitive and social development, language and thought, cultural and educational influences on development and related topics are welcome.

Scholars interested in knowledge and development are invited to participate, whatever their discipline Submissions need not address the program theme — all submissions are welcome!

The program theme for this year is:
Organizers: Richard Lehrer and Leona Schauble (Vanderbilt University)

Join social scientists and educators from around the world as they explore new research on mathematical and scientific reasoning, with special attention given to the kinds of tasks, talk, tools, and notations that support its development.

Featuring Presentations by:

  • Andrea diSessa (University of California–Berkeley)
    Science Education—Knowledge in Pieces
  • Anne Marie Palinscar (University of Michigan)
    The Role of Text in Science Education
  • Geoffrey B Saxe (University of California-Berkeley)
    Design Experiments in Mathematics Education: Integers, Fractions, and the Number Line
  • Reed Stevens (Northwestern University)
    Design of Learning Tools
  • Deanna Kuhn (Columbia University)
    The Development of Evidence-Theory Coordination in Science

Invited Symposia organized by:

  • Gary Benenson (CUNY/Graduate Center)
    The Development of Design in Mathematics and Science
  • Rogers Hall (Vanderbilt University)
    Mathematics and Science in the Workplace
  • Brian Reiser (Northwestern University)
    The Development of Modeling in Science
  • K Ann Renninger (Swarthmore College)
    The Development of Interest in Mathematics and Science
  • William Sandoval (University of California at Los Angeles)
    The Development of Argument in Mathematics and Science

Proposal Submission Forms

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Paper presentations (15 minutes) may be focused on either empirical findings or theoretical analysis. The program review committee will select individual submissions and schedule a series of Paper Sessions that include 3-5 papers on similar topics. These sessions will have a moderator and perhaps a discussant appointed by the program committee. A paper proposal should include a 200 word abstract (for publication in the conference program) and a 1000 word summary (for the program review committee).

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Poster presentations may be focused on either empirical findings or theoretical analysis. The conference usually holds two poster sessions held on separate days. The sessions are organized around broad themes derived from the posters selected for each session. Posters are mounted for display in a high-traffic area for the entire day of the session, but presenting authors need only attend their poster during the official session near the end of the day. A poster proposal must include a 1000 word summary for the program review committee.

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Symposium proposals (75-90 minutes) should describe 3-4 presentations organized around a single topic. Symposium sessions will have a named organizer who may serve as moderator, and may include a named discussant who will comment on the presented papers. A symposium proposal must include a 400 word abstract (for publication in the conference program), and a 1500 word summary (for the program review committee) that describes each of the presentations and the session as a whole.

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Discussion Sessions (75-90 minutes) are intended to provide an interactive venue for exploring ideas that bear on the development of knowledge, broadly conceived. They may be formatted as debates, panels, or organized discussions; and may focus on any well-defined topic. Submissions must include a 400 word abstract (for publication in the conference program), and a 1000 word summary (for the program review committee) that describes the topic and structure of the session and the role of each of the discussion leaders.

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