Call for Session Proposals

Taking Action for Improvement, Growth, and Social Change

The 2015 conference offers a venue for presenting new research, findings, and methods and exploring higher level topics and questions of interest to the field of informal learning. This year, the thematic focus of the keynote and plenaries will emphasize the ways in which we can take action through our work. To take action, we need to develop ourselves as creative and dynamic leaders, as individuals and within institutions and organizations dedicated to supporting informal learning opportunities; this is the key to fulfilling our potential for public service. Some of the questions this theme facilitates presenters, speakers, and attendees in addressing include:

  • Are informal learning institutions achieving their missions of taking action through their work that benefits or changes society in some way?
  • How can professionals leverage their work to increase the effectiveness of museums and informal learning environments as agents of social betterment?
  • What new methods and findings shed light on the role of museums and informal learning environments in modern society and in a time of societal change?
  • What additional work is necessary to better understand our shifting society and the communities we seek to serve?
  • How is action research leading to change within the informal learning field?
  • What can we learn from projects taking action on specific issues?
  • What can we learn from those taking action on evaluation and research findings?

Deadline for Submission: Monday, December 8, 2014

Questions? If you have questions or require additional information, please e-mail Program Chairs Claire Thoma and Elee Wood at vsaproposals@gmail.com.

Program Proposal Guidelines

We encourage the inclusion of substantial audience discussion within sessions. Although we expect that many presentations will fit well within traditional formats (e.g., poster session, paper session, panel, or roundtable), please feel free to propose alternative ways to communicate your work. We are especially looking for ways to involve participants through thought-provoking, reflective conversations related to key ideas and issues raised during your session.

This year, we are using an online submission form. Read through the guidelines below; then go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015VSAConference to submit your proposal. Please note that special formatting, such as bullets, is not transferred in the online form.

For a complete description of all that is included in the online submission, please download the full Call for Proposals here.




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