Abstracts for 2016 National Meeting
SABER invites participants to submit abstracts between 200-400 words.

NEW Deadline: April 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance: May 13, 2016
Link to submission:

NOTE: Please carefully follow the instructions listed at this site for uploading your abstracts.

Please review abstracts from previous years to see the types of abstracts selected in each of the four categories.
Abstracts will be considered for one of four possible presentation formats:
1.Roundtable discussion (60 minutes)
Participate in a small group discussion with others who work on similar projects. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to share their work, with the remaining time for feedback and synthesis. Roundtables are a great opportunity to get feedback on preliminary findings, new protocols, and instruments in first stages of development. Emphasis is on facilitating interaction, discussion, and critique.
2. Poster presentation (90 minutes)
Organized by topic, poster presentations are ideal for sharing a new project or gaining specific advice on a particular set of data. Projects that are still early in development; include approaches with promising, yet minimal, outcomes data; or present negative, null, or inconclusive results are encouraged.
3. Short talks (20 minutes)
Short talks will showcase more developed ideas, projects, and work nearing publication. Emphasis is on communicating robust findings, tried and tested instruments and protocols, and more developed work.
4. Long talks (40 minutes)
Long talks are intended for projects that are complete or nearly complete and likely integrate multiple smaller projects.

Rubrics for each category of abstract.

*Most work is suitable for a roundtable, poster, or a short talk; long talks are intended to synthesize big ideas and completed, high-profile projects in BER.
*You will be asked to select your first choice (roundtable, poster, short talk, or long talk) and indicate your willingness to present a roundtable or poster if your abstract is not chosen for a talk.
*Participants may submit as many abstracts as they like, but a maximum of two abstracts will be accepted as talks from any single research group in order to ensure diverse coverage of the many BER research topics at SABER.
*All abstracts will be reviewed by a committee and selected based on criteria established by the review committee. All abstracts are reviewed double blind.

Appropriate areas of BER include (but are not limited to):
  1. Hypothesis-driven research projects, e.g. examining student learning, evaluating student attitudes or beliefs, studying faculty perception or change, examining effectiveness of instructional strategies, developing assessment instruments;
  2. Research situated in a theoretical framework in which the design, methodologies, procedures, and data analyses are appropriate and rigorous.

Please select three key words from the list provided to help facilitate session organization.
Key Words:
  • Conceptual understanding and conceptual change
  • Research on effective Instruction
  • Assessment of student learning and instructional innovation
  • Classroom assessment
  • Visual thinking and Visualization
  • Concept Inventories and other instrument development
  • Science process skills
  • Research experience for undergraduates
  • Authentic research experiences
  • Assessment as related to beliefs, attitudes, and expectations
  • Student affect: motivation, self-efficacy
  • Classroom climate: community, belonging
  • Curriculum Reform/Institutional Transformation
  • Faculty/postdoc/graduate student development
  • Laboratory Instruction
  • Models and Modeling
  • Online/hybrid/flipped classes
  • Theoretical /Predictive Frames