Sunday, October 28, 2012

Call for Proposals

Call for proposals for upcoming special issue of Educational Psychology Review

Special Issue Topic - Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Evidence Relevant to Classroom Instruction with Instructional Manipulatives.

Guest Editors: Scott C. Marley and Kira J. Carbonneau. University of New Mexico. Educational Psychology Program.

You are invited to contribute a proposal for the upcoming special issue entitled “Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Evidence Relevant to Classroom Instruction with Manipulatives.” Activity-based instructional strategies that utilize concrete representations (i.e., manipulatives) are often suggested as efficacious techniques for teaching content and concepts in science, math and language arts. The purpose of this special issue will be to provide modern commentaries relevant to instructional manipulatives with a focus on application in classroom contexts.

Potential topics of interest to the special issue are:

Contemporary theoretical explanations
Developmental considerations
STEM instruction with manipulatives
Language arts instruction with manipulatives
Transfer of learning
Instructional considerations
Virtual manipulatives
Methodological issues associated with research on manipulatives
Physical characteristics of manipulatives
Assessment issues
Working memory issues related to manipulatives
Student engagement with manipulatives
Motivational and affective considerations
Problem solving with manipulatives
Future directions

Proposals should be double-spaced, no more than 500 words and should be emailed directly to Dr. Scott C. Marley at All proposals should contain the following:

1. Proposed manuscript title
2. A brief description of the topic of your proposed manuscript and rationale for publication
3. A proposed outline for the manuscript.
4. Author information including name, institutional affiliation, email, phone and mailing address.

Please submit your proposal by January 15th 2013. Proposals will be reviewed by the guest editors and invitations will be extended to selected authors by February 15th, 2013. Each submitted full manuscript will be reviewed by two peer reviewers. Anticipated time of publication is fall of 2013. All questions should be addressed to Dr. Scott C. Marley at

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Publication Opportunity

Frontiers in Educational Psychology Call for Manuscripts

Theme: School Leadership and the Learning Sciences: What Each Needs to Learn from the Other

Host Editors: Steve Myran and Jason Osborne

Both educational psychologists and school leaders seem to work toward the same goal: success for students, job satisfaction for teachers, happy parents and communities. Yet it is not clear that the two communities of practitioners and scholars are effectively communicating with each other.

The goal of this research topic is to bring important communities of scholars and practitioners together in one place to begin a conversation about what each group needs to know about the other. Specifically, what do educational leaders (and scholars of educational leadership) need to know about the science of learning, and what do scientists studying learning need to know about the realities and contexts in which that learning occurs?

In the learning sciences we have a century of science that tells us many things about how students of all ages learn, and new findings are constantly casting light on what is truly useful and important. In educational leadership we have deep knowledge of the contextual and procedural realities of schooling and education. It seems important that the two groups learn from the other to make the scholarship and practice of education more effective.

In particular, we welcome articles that attempt to reach across the silos, that attempt to speak to what scholars in the learning sciences should know about educational leadership, and what educational leaders should know from the learning sciences.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Upcoming AERA Fellowship and Grant Deadlines

October 10, 2012

Dear AERA Member:

In our efforts to strengthen the pipeline to education research, AERA announces its 2013–2014 fellowship programs and funding opportunities for graduate students and early career scholars. These programs provide mentoring and funding support to develop research skills and conduct studies in education related fields and topics. We are seeking your assistance in sharing this information and identifying potential candidates. Information about the programs and the upcoming application deadlines are available at Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Below are brief descriptions of the AERA research funding opportunities.

Minority Fellowship Program in Education Research
AERA offers dissertation support through the Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research. This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities by supporting their research and by providing mentoring and guidance toward completion of their doctoral studies. Application deadline: November 30, 2012.

AERA-AIR Fellows Program
In collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the AERA-AIR Fellows Program aims to build the talent pool of high skilled education researchers experienced in large-scale studies in a major research organization. Fellows will receive mentoring from a diverse group of highly recognized researchers and practitioners in a variety of substantive areas in education. Fellows will hone their skills in all aspects of the research process from proposal development through writing and presentations. Up to three fellows are selected annually for a two-year, rotational position at AIR in Washington, DC. Application deadline: November 30, 2012.

AERA-ETS Fellowship Program in Measurement and Education Research
In collaboration with Educational Testing Service (ETS), AERA offers the AERA-ETS Fellowship Program in Measurement and Education Research. This fellowship is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience to recent doctoral degree recipients and to early career research scientists in areas such as educational measurement, assessment design, psychometrics, statistical analyses, large-scale evaluations, and other studies directed toward explaining student progress and achievement. Up to two fellows will be selected for this rotational research position at ETS's facilities in Princeton, NJ. Application deadline: November 30, 2012.

AERA Grants Program
The AERA Grants Program provides dissertation support and small grants for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation. Application deadline: January 23, 2013.

Visit for complete program descriptions and application information.

Please feel free to contact me at 202-238-3200 or via e-mail at with any questions. Thank you in advance for sharing this information.


George L. Wimberly, Ph.D.
Director of Social Justice and Professional Development