2017 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education


Synergy at the Crossroads: Future Directions for Theory, Research, and Practice

As a result of the convergence of major roads, railroads and waterways within the state, Indiana adopted the official motto of the Crossroads of America in 1937 to refer to all the ways it is connected to the rest of the United States. Historically, Indiana served as a passage for individuals traveling westward, and the historic Indianapolis Union Station, the site of PME-NA 39, served as a crossroads. Today, Indianapolis is at the intersection of four major interstate highways. Within this context, we invite the PME-NA community to consider how the metaphor of crossroads may serve as a catalyst for future research endeavors and impact classroom practice. Five conceptions of crossroads will provide a structure to the development of the PME-NA 39 program:

  • As a potential change in route: Crossroads provide an opportunity for individuals to reflect on where they have been and the different routes they may take in the future. We invite the PME-NA community to consider the routes that we have traversed, both individually and as a field. What are the potential routes for mathematics education research in the future, and what considerations are relevant to future directions in mathematics education?
  • As access: Crossroads provide access to new places, new opportunities, and new lives. Ensuring that all students have access to high-quality mathematics instruction continues to be a challenge. We encourage proposals that describe how to address issues of access and equity in mathematics education today.
  • As an intersection point: Some would say a divide exists between theory, research and practice in mathematics education, positioning researchers and practicing teachers along separate paths. However, crossroads create a common point between different paths. What efforts have individuals employed that ensure research findings impact classroom teaching and that research is conducted with teachers? How can we lay the groundwork for future crossroads or intersections between theory, research, and practice?
  • As a barrier: Crossroads also can serve as barriers that divide regions, cities, and fields. What barriers within research traditions, educational policy and teaching practice impede researchers’, students’ and teachers’ success and what supports are necessary to overcome these barriers? These barriers may occur at different levels where educational decisions are made -- national, state/province, district, school or classroom. Examples of such barriers may include funding and assessment policies, teacher recruitment/retention, teachers’ and students’ mathematical dispositions, and use of traditional discourse patterns.
  • As a place of community: Finally, crossroads provide a gathering place, where new communities emerge. We anticipate PME-NA 39 will provoke new partnerships and inspire future collaborations to further theory, research and practice in mathematics education.

Submit a Proposal

The All-Academic Submission page is now available to visit.

Deadlines and page limits

Proposals are due in January or February. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to unblind and, if needed, translate papers and resubmit them by May 31, 2017.

Session Type Page Limits Abstract Limit Proposal Due Date Final Paper Due Date
Research Report 8 pages 10 lines January 25, 2017 May 31, 2017
Brief Research Report 4 pages 10 lines January 25, 2017 May 31, 2017
Poster 1 page No Abstract February 22, 2017 May 31, 2017
Working Group 10 pages 15 lines February 22, 2017 May 31, 2017

Note: The page limits include all figures, tables and references, and the deadlines are firm.

Things to keep in mind as you prepare your proposal

  • We encourage you to consider your work through the perspective of the conference theme Synergy at the Crossroads: Future Directions for Theory, Research, and Practice. However, we welcome all proposals that further a deeper understanding of teaching and learning mathematics even if they do not directly address the theme.
  • There are four different session types: Research Reports, Brief Research Reports, Posters, and Working Groups.
  • PME-NA proposals are full papers that have been blinded for review. Once proposals have been reviewed and accepted, authors will be asked to unblind them (and, if they are in Spanish or French, translate them into English) and resubmit them by the paper deadline (see deadlines above).
  • Page limits for PME-NA proposals vary by session types: Research Reports (8 pages), Brief Research Reports (4 pages), Posters (1 page), and Working Groups (10 pages).
  • Poster proposals are one-page papers with no abstract that have been blinded for review.
  • All proposals must be submitted electronically. Please convert your word document to a .pdf prior to uploading the proposal in All Academic. Please verify that the .pdf proposal is within the maximum page limits prior to uploading to All Academic.
  • Proposals should not use endnote or other automatic reference software.
  • Proposals may be submitted in English, Spanish, or French. Proposals submitted in Spanish or French need to include a title and an abstract in English as well. Proposals will be reviewed by teams with expertise in the language of the submission. Accepted proposals in Spanish or French will need to be translated by the author(s) into English by May 31, 2017. These proposals will be published in two languages (English and Spanish/French) in the proceedings.
  • Presentations may be made in English, Spanish, or French. Translation will be available for plenaries and designated bilingual sessions. If presenting in Spanish or French, PowerPoint slides should be prepared in both English and the language used for the presentation.
  • The proposal deadlines are:
    • January 25, 2017 by 11:59pm Pacific for Research Reports and Brief Research Reports and
    • February 22, 2017 by 11:59pm Pacific for Posters and Working Groups
  • Limits on the number of proposals submitted by one person:
    • An individual may serve as the primary presenting author for only one research report.
    • An individual may be co-author on multiple research report proposals, however, the (co) author who electronically submits a proposal is committing to present the work at the conference and can do so for only one research report proposal. This person must also register for the conference by the speaker registration deadline for an accepted proposal to remain on the program.
    • An individual may serve as the primary presenting author for no more than two posters.
    • Currently, there is no limitation on the number of brief research reports a person can submit as the primary presenting author.
    • Thus, an individual may submit one or more brief research reports and up to 2 poster proposals in addition to one research report proposal.
  • Page limits for all session types include references.
  • It is essential to carefully format proposals according to the proposal guidelines.
  • For those who find it useful, we provide a proposal template.
  • Reviewers will be asked to rate each proposal on specific criteria tailored to different types of proposals.

Before entering the All-Academic Submission Page to submit a proposal, consider the following:

  • The All-Academic Submission page is now available to visit.
  • If you are submitting a joint proposal
    • The person submitting the proposal should be a presenting author as it is that person who will need to register by the speaker registration deadline of August 1, 2017 for an accepted proposal to remain in the program.
    • Each co-author will need to create an account in the All Academic system. This can be quickly done by following the directions on the All Academic PME-NA 2017 login page. The person submitting the proposal will then be able to identify them as co-authors.
  • Similar to the process in 2016, we are asking that each person submitting a proposal also serve as a reviewer for up to 3 other proposals. By involving all potential presenters in the reviewing process, we hope to more evenly distribute the responsibility for reviewing. When you first log in and establish your account, you will be asked to answer several questions that will help us assign proposals for you to review. Thank you for supporting our conference by participating in this process.
  • As part of the submission process, you will be asked questions to provide information to help with reviewing and with organizing the program and proceedings:
    • Identify one strand.
    • Provide a maximum 15-word title, centered, all uppercase, bold, Times New Roman 12-point font. The proposal title may be in English, Spanish, or French.
    • Provide a maximum 100-word description (this will appear in the conference program) The description may be in English, Spanish, or French.
    • Provide a maximum 10-line (15 lines for Working Groups) abstract in English, Spanish, or French. (This is separate from the 100-word description for the conference program. Many people read the descriptions and abstracts to decide whether to attend a presentation, so make sure that both succinctly capture the essence of your paper.)
    • Choose the type of research (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods or theoretical)
    • Identify up to four relevant key words.
    • Indicate your willingness to present in a different format than the one proposed (e.g., a Brief Research Report or Poster if submitting a Research Report).

Specific steps for preparing your proposal

  1. Draft your proposal within the provided template.
  2. Make sure the unblinded version of your proposal does not exceed the maximum page-length limits (see the table above)
  3. Go through and blind your proposal (see below). Note: this will decrease the length, but you will need that length later when you unblind, so do not add text
  4. Convert your word document to a .pdf on your own computer
  5. Check the page length of the .pdf – are you still within the page specifications?
  6. Upload your .pdf to the proposal system

How to blind a proposal

Authors are responsible for removing any information from their proposals that might lead a reviewer to discern their identities or affiliations. All references in the author line, within the text (as citations, footnotes, webpages, etc.), and within the reference list for each author must be blinded. More specifically, change author information at top of the proposal to say "Author" and "Institution" rather than names. Within the text, mask author’s self-citations of published work for each author and for each citation with any author, regardless of authorship order. Replace your author names with “Author” in both in-text citations and reference entries. For example, instead of “In our analysis we found that… (Bartell & Bieda, 2004)” write “In our analysis we found that… (Authors, 2004).” If in the aforementioned example only Bieda is a proposing author, the citation should still be blinded. Be sure active website links are replaced at this stage with blind placeholders (e.g., PROJECT WEBSITE), that NSF-numbers are blinded (e.g., PROJECT NUMBER), and that references in footnotes or tables are also checked and blinded. Reference entries in the reference list for author self-citations should be re-alphabetized under “A for Authors” rather than leaving the entries in their original placement in the section. Reference entries for “Author” should show only Author and the year. DO NOT include article titles, DOIs, or other identifying information.

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