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Dear SIG members, 
 
We are really excited to share with you on the establishment of a Best Paper Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award by our Problem‐Based and Project‐Based Learning (PBL and PjBL) SIG. A synopsis of the two awards is available below. Further details on the eligibility criteria, nomination process and timeline will be announced at our upcoming AERA Annual Meeting in April 2021.
 
 
Synopsis of the two awards: 
 
Best Paper Award
This annual award is given to one exemplary paper presented in a SIG session at the AERA annual meeting. The paper will provide empirical or theoretical gains in problem-based or project-based learning in the field of education, broadly conceived. Through this award, the Problem‐Based and Project‐Based Learning (PBL and PjBL) SIG aims to attract, retain, and recognize high calibre scholars in the field.
 
The purpose of this award is to cultivate and support outstanding scholars in the field of problem-based and project-based learning and to recognize their achievements. This award will provide institutional recognition for exemplary scholarship while also encouraging the development of the field itself.
 
Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award
This annual award is given to one exemplary SIG paper presented by a current graduate student at the AERA annual meeting.  The paper will contribute to the knowledge base in problem-based or project-based learning. Through this award, the Problem‐Based and Project‐Based Learning (PBL and PjBL) SIG aims to attract, recognize and encourage high calibre graduate scholars in the field.
 
The purpose of this award is to cultivate and support new scholars in the field of problem-based and project-based learning and to recognize their achievements. This award will provide institutional recognition for exemplary scholarship by graduate students who are engaged in this work while also encouraging the development of the field itself. 
 
 
Regards,
Bee Leng Chua
Communications Officer, PBL_PjBL SIG
 
 
 
Extension of PBL 2021 International Conference paper submission deadline
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Please be informed that the PBL 2021 International Conference paper submission deadline was extended to January 30, 2021. For more information, please visit https://pbl2021.panpbl.org/.
 
 
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Dear PBE SIG members,

It was officially announced AERA 2021 will be a virtual conference. Please see the official announcement with the following link: https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

“The 2021 AERA Annual Meeting will not ONLY be virtual but it will be delivered through a flexible internet platform that will provide for synchronous and asynchronous sessions, interactive paper presentations, workshop and professional development courses, plus networking and meet-up opportunities that can accommodate informal gatherings, receptions, and events”

Two town hall meetings will be held on August 19 and 21 from 3:00-4:30 pm EDT to gather your input about the 2021 virtual meeting regarding what you most wish to experience and receive. Do stay tuned for more information!

You are strongly encouraged to submit your proposals to the PBE SIG. Deadline for submission is on the August 14th 2020, 11:59pm PDT

Regards

Bee Leng Chua
Communications Office, PBE SIG 

 
 
Extension of 2021 AERA Annual Meeting submission deadline
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Dear all, please note that the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting submission deadline will be extended to Friday, August 14, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. For more information, please visit https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/2021-Annual-Meeting-Call-for-Paper-and-Session-Submissions. 

 
 
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Dear Members

We hope this email finds you well. This is a friendly reminder that the Call for Submissions to the AERA 2021 Annual Meeting is open and the deadline for submission is on the 22 July at 11:59 pm PDT. (Please note that the deadline for submissions has been extended from July 22 to August 14, 11:59 p.m. PDT. For more information, please visit https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/2021-Annual-Meeting-Call-for-Paper-and-Session-Submissions.)

The theme for 2021 AERA is “Accepting Educational Responsibility” and it will be held from the 9 to 12 April in Orlando, Florida. We encourage you to submit your proposals to the Problem-Based Education SIG with more information available at https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/2021-Annual-Meeting-Call-for-Paper-and-Session-Submissions

Looking forward to your submission and seeing you next year!

Best wishes

Susan Bridges
Chair, PBE
Andrew Walker
Program Chair, PBE

 
 
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Call For Reviewers, Discussants, and Chairs

The deadline for the 2021 AERA conference is fast approaching and we didn't have our usual in person opportunity to plea for your help.

We are seeking additional reviewers to lighten the review load for everyone. If you are willing to volunteer you can do so directly via the AERA website. If you need assistance please send the email address you use for AERA to me at andy.walker@usu.edu. We’d like to finalize our review panel by June 12th. As always, we’re also looking for session chairs and discussants.

SIG PBL and PjBL is looking to grow, so if you have not already we’d love for you to renew your membership. We’d also like you to consider paying the SIG membership fee on behalf of your students who are already AERA members. This is a great chance and stage of career to get your students interested in problem and project based learning research.

Please feel free to circulate this among interested colleagues and  lists. 

Andrew Walker

Program Chair
Utah State University

 
 
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Briefing and Listening Sessions

Dear SIG Members,

As announced on March 6, 2020, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) will not be holding a place-based Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, in April 2020 due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Instead, AERA is exploring a virtual meeting with the goal of providing an authentic and meaningful experience for those who had expected to attend.

We take this opportunity to invite our members to join one of the three “Briefing and Listening Sessions” if you have not already done so. These sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, at 4:00-5:00pm ET; Wednesday, March 11, also at 4:00-5:00pm ET; and Friday, March 13, at 12:00-1:00pm ET.

Register for the sessions here: https://bit.ly/2TRnBoo

 
 
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Keynote for Problem-Based Learning Business Meeting at AERA 2020

Dear SIG Members,

We welcome you to join us for our Problem-Based Learning Business Meeting at AERA 2020. We are honoured to have Professor Diana HJM Dolmans as our business meeting keynote speaker, and we enclose below the keynote abstract and biographical statement for your reference. More information about AERA 2020 can be found here (AERA 2020 website link).

Kind regards,
Lesette Wijnia, Ph.D.
Chair of the PBE SIG, AERA


Meeting Details

AERA 2020
April 17 – 21, 2020
San Francisco, CA, USA
Keynote Speaker: Professor Diana HJM Dolmans
Problem-Based Education, Special Interest Group SIG 78

Keynote Abstract

How can we look at PBL practice and research differently?

PBL has been implemented worldwide in various institutions and disciplines. Despite this worldwide implementation, PBL nowadays appears in many different forms. Many institutions no longer stick to a one-size-fits-all or copy-paste approach to PBL. Instead, they have adapted and redesigned their PBL practices to better fit their context and to stimulate students to take a deep approach to learning. Today, we consider PBL to be part of a family of related student- and task-centered approaches to learning. Some wonder if these variations indeed represent hybrid solutions or rather a move away from the original principles and underlying philosophy. Others wonder how we should investigate these diversified practices. In addition to explaining the underlying principles of PBL, in this keynote I will present educational design research that combines redesigning theory-based PBL practices with investigating these practices in close collaboration with various stakeholders to advance our understanding.


Biographical Statement

Diana H.J.M. Dolmans, School of Health Professions Education (SHE), Department of Educational Development and Research, Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, d.dolmans@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Diana HJM Dolmans is a full professor in the field of innovative learning arrangements and a staff member of the School of Health Professions Education (SHE) at Maastricht University. Her research focuses on key success factors of innovative curricula within higher education. She holds an MSc degree in Educational Sciences and a PhD degree in problem-based learning. She takes a special interest in understanding how to optimize the learning environment. Her topics of interest are problem-based learning, faculty development, and quality assurance. Her line of research within problem-based learning is internationally well acknowledged. She is the scientific director of the Interuniversity Center for Educational Research (ICO), a research school in which 15 Dutch and Flemish universities collaborate in offering a training program to their PhD candidates in educational sciences. Finally, she is an editorial board member of several international journals, has published over 150 peer reviewed manuscripts in many refereed international journals, and she has supervised 17 PhD candidates through to completion.

 
 
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Nominations Sought for the 2020 AERA Awards

Dear SIG Members:

AERA seeks nominations for the 2020 AERA Awards. The submission deadline for the 2020 AERA-sponsored awards is October 31, 2019 (except for nominations for the Outstanding Book Award, which are due October 23, 2019). To be eligible for consideration, unless otherwise noted, all nominations must be submitted electronically, using the AERA award nomination e-form, on or before the deadline. The award nominations portal can be accessed on the AERA website at https://www.aera.net/About-AERA/AwardsListings of past awardees can be found at the same location.

AERA Awards

Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award

This award is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. Its purpose is to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best. Each year, nominations are invited from AERA members who wish to honor a meritorious colleague, one who is considered by other education researchers to stand out in the profession by meeting the very highest of professional standards of achievement.


Outstanding Book Award

The Outstanding Book Award was established to acknowledge and honor the year’s best book-length publication in education research and development. To be considered for the 2020 Outstanding Book Award, a book must be concerned with the improvement of the educational process through research or scholarly inquiry, must have a research base, and must have a 2018 or 2019 copyright date. Nominations may be submitted by the author of the work, by another scholar, or by the publisher of the work. Nominations for the Outstanding Book Award are due October 23, 2019.


E. F. Lindquist Award

Named in honor of an outstanding scholar and researcher, this annual award is presented jointly by the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program in recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement. The award is meant to acknowledge a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study. Although the research is not required to have led directly to improved educational practices, it should nevertheless be rich in suggestions for additional research that does hold such promise. Particular emphasis will be given to research that has advanced the companion goals of greater understanding and improved use of testing and measurement techniques. Awardees may include individuals conducting research in a broad array of disciplines, such as education and psychology.


Early Career Award

Established to honor an individual in the early stages of their career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree, this award can be granted for study in any field of educational inquiry.


Distinguished Public Service Award

This award is granted annually in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research. The recipient will be invited either to deliver an address or to participate in a panel discussion during the Annual Meeting on a topic relevant to their contribution and expertise.


Social Justice in Education Award

Established in 2004, the AERA Social Justice in Education Award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice. The Social Justice Action Committee seeks nominations of individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on social justice by producing and/or applying education research to policy and/or practice. Self-nominations will not be accepted.


Scholars of Color in Education Awards

The AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education seeks nominations for three awards. These awards are intended to recognize (a) scholars who have made significant research contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minority populations, and (b) scholars of color who have made significant contributions to education research and development.

  • Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution: Presented to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after their receipt of the doctoral degree.
  • Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution: Presented to a scholar who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom at least 10 years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree.
  • Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution: Presented to a scholar who is within the first ten (10) years of their career after receipt of the doctoral degree.

Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award

Established in 2006, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award recognizes individuals within AERA for distinguished research, professional practice, and activities that advance public understanding of gender and/or sexuality at any level in the education community. This award will be presented to an individual whose professional career has been devoted in substantial part to the study of gender and/or sexuality in education, and who has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary leadership, scholarship, or professional practice.


Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award

The AERA Award for Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research is presented to an education research scholar or scholars in recognition of collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained and observable effects on contexts of practice.


Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award

The AERA Award for Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research is presented to honor scholars exemplary in their capacity to communicate the importance of education research to the broad public, including education communities. Each year, the award recognizes a scholar who has excelled in conveying important findings and research to wide audiences and who has demonstrated the capacity to deepen understanding and appreciation of the value of education research in the public sphere. Awardees are notable for their commitment to effective communication, whether sustained over a long period of time or substantial in its significance.


Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research Award

The AERA Award for Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research is presented to an individual in the media who has demonstrated excellence in raising awareness, knowledge, and understanding of education research. Recipients of this award are persons who have made noteworthy contributions to reporting on findings, bodies of research, or scholarship in the field of education research in any medium of public communication. The award honors a media professional whose work exemplifies promoting a broader vision of the value of education research to society, whether sustained over a long period of time or substantial in its significance.

Kind regards,

Lisette Wijnia

Chair of the PBE SIG, AERA

 
 
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PBL 2018 International Conference Call for Proposals

The PBL 2018 International Conference is going to be held on February 16-19, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA, USA.

This conference challenges participants to reflect on the ways in which Problem-Based Learning and many other Active Learning Methodologies can improve and re-invent higher and basic education, produce innovative and interdisciplinary knowledge, and foster the connection of people from different academic, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.

Individuals, schools and institutions are encouraged to submit proposals that address the conference theme: PBL for the Next Generation: Blending active learning, technology, and social justice.    

Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, practitioners and professionals across the many disciplines that contribute to the study, development and practice of Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies.    

Proposal Submission Deadline: September 17th, 2017 

For details and submitting proposals, please visit http://pbl2018.panpbl.org/

 
 
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AERA Seeks Nominations for the 2021 AERA Awards
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The submission deadline for the 2021 AERA-sponsored awards is December 1, 2020. Please consider submitting a nomination. To be eligible for consideration, unless otherwise noted, all nominations must be submitted electronically, using the AERA award nomination e-form, on or before the deadline. The award nominations portal and listings of past awardees can be accessed on the AERA website at https://www.aera.net/About-AERA/Awards.

Specific nominating criteria are detailed for each award in the online portal and via the links below. Note that supporting materials may include curriculum vitae, letters of support from other AERA members familiar with the nominee’s work, sample publications, and additional information on the nominee’s accomplishments. 

For information about an individual AERA award or to submit a nomination for a specific award, please click the name of the award below: 

 
 
Call for Papers - PBL 2021
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The organising committee warmly invites our SIG members to submit papers for the PBL 2021 International Conference. The conference will be held in Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark from August 17-19, 2021. For more information, please click here
 
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