The Early Childhood Australia Conference is a national conference attended by over 1200 practitioners, academics, professionals and policy-makers in the field of early years education and care. Applications to present at this conference are now open under the four conference themes: Inspire; Create; Imagine or Discover. Presentations can be either a stand-alone Oral Presentation or a Poster Presentation.
To have the opportunity to join these esteemed sector colleagues and present your chosen topic, simply submit your abstract (which must be no more than 300 words and be accompanied with a bio (50 words) & author details), online, click here.
Applicants to present should identify which of the four conference themes their paper contributes to most directly:
The AJEC Research Symposium is scheduled the day before the conference and researchers are encouraged to attend the symposium for opportunities to share innovative research methodologies, findings and research with cutting edge partnerships and collaborations. For the conference, researchers are encouraged to consider focusing their proposal on the application of their research for practitioners and policy makers.
A condition of being able to present is that all presenters must register for the day on which they are presenting at the conference. If presenters wish to stay for the whole conference, payment needs to be made for the full three days. All presenters will receive the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) member discount rate for full conference registration.
Abstracts will be withdrawn from the conference program if registration and payment are not received by 25 July 2016.
All presentations and full papers will be published on the conference website during the conference. Presentations will be converted to PDF format as they are received. Presentations will not be edited.
Some presentations and papers may also be separately published by ECA in the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC) or Every Child magazine. These will be independently refereed according to the publications’ procedures.
Presenters wishing to publish their paper in AJEC will need to follow the standard submission procedures as outlined in the AJEC author guidelines.
The ECA Publications team will approach presenters independently regarding potential publication in Every Child magazine. This may involve presenters summarising their paper or presentation for a magazine format. Further instructions will be provided by the ECA Publications team as required.
PowerPoint facilities (data projectors, computers and screens) along with internet access will be available for presenters. The conference will be networked, which means that your presentation will be available in the workshop room from a central location. You will need to provide us with your full and final electronic presentation by 11 July 2016 to ensure that your presentation is compatible with the system that will be used and loaded onto the Conference USB.
The Conference Program Committee will review all proposals submitted to the conference for presentation.
All applications to present will be reviewed by a panel including members of the Conference Program Committee. These reviews will not be blind reviews.
All applications to present will be assessed to ensure the quality and relevance of the presentations. This will be done in accordance with ECA selection criteria.
The assessment of applications to present is a two-step process:
Relevance to the conference themes.
Abstracts should have a clear purpose for the presentation, using concise language which outlines the ideas and concepts to be presented.
Applications to present should introduce new ideas and understandings or develop and extend existing concepts. They should not merely repeat information already widely known. Applicants have the responsibility of notifying ECA if the paper has been presented previously and where.
Applications to present should clearly indicate breadth of audience interest and relevance such as prior to school or schooling sectors, theory, practice, policy or research interests, or curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, partnerships or leadership.
Preference will be given to presentations that are going to have the most value for delegates, i.e. research findings with ready or clear applicability, projects that are replicable and strategies or approaches that others can take away and use in their own settings.
Any paper that is selling or promoting a particular product or commercial service will not be accepted.
Research papers should include:
In keeping with our drive to improve environmental sustainability, all abstracts must be submitted online.
Instructions for completion of application:
Applications received in any other way, including hard copy, will not be accepted.
|Item Deadline Submission of application to present||14 December 2015|
|Review by program committee and authors notified of acceptance||22–29 January 2016|
|Draft program published on website||15–19 February 2016|