Newsletter 2, 2010

Hi all,
The weeks since AERA have slipped by quickly. It’s time for a newsletter – particularly since submissions for AERA 2011 are now open!

(1) AERA 2010
Thanks to all who contributed to AERA sessions this year. Even though the conference was smaller in numbers overall the SIG had a strong presence, including a great turn out at the business meeting, a healthy number of attendees at each session (including the final AERA time slot!), a well attended social and fun evening encounters. It was also terrific to see many new faces joining in to our events and new folks finding their interests and work well located in self-study.

The business meeting introduced our new committee members and said thank you to the great work of those vacating those roles. We welcomed Jill Farrell (Treasurer), Renee Clift and Jim Muchmore (Program Chairs) and thanked Hafdís Guðjónsdóttir (retiring program chair) and Jeff Kaplan (retiring treasurer). Both of these members have done an extraordinary job for the SIG in organising the smooth running of the AERA program and the finances.

(2) AERA 2011
A reminder that AERA submissions for 2011 conference have already opened! The conference place/dates are: New Orleans, April 8-12, 2011. The conference theme is “Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good.” This theme is one that should resonate strongly with the interests and strengths of self-study researchers through our focus on democratic approaches to teaching and learning through collaboration and relationship building. The submission system closes on July 15, 2010, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. All submissions must be submitted electronically at http://www.aera.net through the AERA Online Submission System. Papers should be 2,000 words or fewer in length.

(3) S-STEP Emerging Scholar Voices
We are always keen to encourage our new self-study members to find ways to build their connection to the group and develop their voice. If you are a graduate student, postdoc, or an early career and non-tenured faculty member then we want to hear from you! As a self-study scholar and member of our learning community, your feedback matters to us.  Anastasia Samaras has offered to co ordinate an ‘emerging scholar group’ for self-study. Sign up on our wiki page http://s-step.wikispaces.com/ under the page titled, “S-STEP Emerging Scholar Voices” and together we can explore new ways to connect to, engage with, and most of all support S-STEPs emerging scholars.

(4) SSTEP Website
While our wiki http://s-step.wikispaces.com/ offers a useful temporary S-STEP website, we are working towards a more functional and easier to access permanent website for S-STEP. Shawn Bullock has been working very hard to create a space that will respond to our needs and is keen for your feedback about progress thus far. Please visit our new ‘under construction’ site: http://sstep.blogs.uoit.ca/ and give some feedback to Shawn about what you would like to see included both in terms of content and functionality. (email: Shawn.Bullock@uoit.ca). We will likely launch the new site at the Castle conference this year!

(5) Publications from S-STEP members
I am pleased to report that we continue to be a very productive group in our publications! Latest additions include:
Anastasia P. Samaras, Self-study teacher research: Improving your practice through collaborative inquiry; Sage Publications.
Kathleen Pithouse, Claudia Mitchell, and Relebohile Moletsane (Eds); Making Connections: Self-Study & Social Action, Peter Lang.
Alicia Crowe (Ed); Advancing social studies education through self-study methodology. Springer.

Anastasia Samaras also reports that there is a free faculty/student self-study resource site that she has developed that others may find useful at: http://www.sagepub.com/samaras/

(6) Messages from other SIGS
We have had notes from several other SIGS including the TEP newsletter which may be of interest to S-STEP members, a call for joint proposals with the TEP SIG, and a reminder that proposals may apply to the Qualitative Research SIG:

The AERA Teaching Educational Psychology SIG is pleased to share our latest TEP Newsletter, Summer 2010 Edition at: http://www.aera.net/Default.aspx?menu_id=364&id=4214.
Dr. Greg Goodman, the TEP Chair is attempting to communicate more fully with our AERA and APA members who share our mission.  As such, we would like to encourage you and your members to consider proposing joint projects in the coming weeks and months.  We have chosen your SIG and APA Division as a possible partner for these joint projects.

Qualitative Researcher SIG: We would like to remind you that we welcome proposal transfers from other SIGs and divisions when submitted proposals focus on qualitative research methodology. The purposes of the QRSIG are toprovide opportunities for discussion related to the philosophy,purposes, and methodological issues surrounding the use of qualitative research in social and educational contexts. Please contact Lisa Mazzei (mazzei@gonzaga.edu) and Carolyn Stevenson (carolyns@eastwest.edu) the program co-chairs to arrange for a co-sponsored session.

That’s all for now,
Please continue to send your ideas, suggestions and questions to me regarding the work of our SIG,
Warm regards to all (from chilly Melbourne)
Mandi Berry
Amanda.berry@education.monash.edu.au

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