Graduate School of Education

Symposium History, Journals and Guidelines


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Annual Symposium on Educational Research and Practice*
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Graduate School of Education

The Annual Symposium was initiated by Dr. Regina Panasuk in 1996 to enhance the quality of graduate student research in education, to set expectations for intellectual interaction among educators as well as to create and sustain the spirit of sharing research findings. The major goals of the Symposium are to foster expression of individual creativity and encourage scholarly contribution to the field, promote educational leadership and individual interest. The Symposium is the great opportunity for those educators who are actively involved in their professional development. 

Since 1997, each Symposium has featured a keynote speaker and Symposium Journal:

1997 Dr. Carol Findell, Boston University, Volume I
1998 Dr. Allan Feldman, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Volume II,
1999 Dr. Katherine Merseth, Harvard University, Volume III
2000 Dr. Rob Traver, Simmons College, Volume IV
2001 Dr. Lillie Albert, Boston College, Volume V
2002 Dr. Patricia Davidson, University of Massachusetts Boston, Volume VI
2003 Dr. Susan Doubler, TERC/Lesley College, Volume VII
2004 Andee Rubin, TERC, Volume VIII
2005 William Leonard, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Volume IX
2006 Annalucia Schliemann, Tufts University, Volume XI
2007 Dr. Hannah Sevian, University of Massachusetts Boston, Volume XII, 
2008 Dr. Patricia Davidson, University of Massachusetts Boston, Volume XIII
2009 Dr. Bernie Zubrowski, EDC, Volume XIV
2010 Dr. Andy Hargreaves, Lynch School, Boston College, Volume XV
2011 Dr. Barbara Reys, University of Missouri, Volume XVI
2012 Dr. Maryann Wolf, Tufts University, Volume XVII
2013 Dr. Susan Moore Johnson, Harvard University, Volume XVIII 
2014 Deborah Meier, New York University, Volume XIX

The first volume of the "Symposium Journal" was published in 1997. The critical reflection is the integral component of the Symposium Journal articles. The journal seeks articles (see the submission guidelines) that focus on effective research in all fields of education.

Dr. Regina Panasuk, UMass Lowell 
Assistant Editor 
Dr. Jeff Todd, Lawrence Public Schools, MA
Editorial Panel 
Dr. James Kuchler, Arizona State University  

Call for Papers 
Educators, researchers and graduate students are invited to submit papers that will be presented at the Annual Symposium on Educational Research and Practice and published in the Symposium Journal.

When submitting a paper, please use the following guidelines:

  1. Submit an electronic version of the paper and one hard copy, an abstract, approximately 150 words, and a biographical sketch, about 30 words. All pictures and diagrams must be submitted in a separate document.
  2. Use double spacing with one-inch margins.
  3. For references, diagrams, etc. follow the style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Fifth Edition.
  4. Paper length must not exceed 30 pages, including pictures, tables, figures, and list of  references.
  5. Paper must be received by Nov. 30
  6. Authors are be notified about the status of their papers in January.
  7. The Symposium is scheduled in April.
Specific guidelines
When preparing a research paper include:
  1. rationale and identification of the research question(s)
  2. conceptual framework or brief statement of relationship to the literature
  3. identification of research methodology
  4. summary of the analytical technique(s), if applicable
  5. summary of preliminary findings, if applicable
  6. conclusion and discussion.
Submit papers and correspondence to:
Dr. Regina M. Panasuk 
Professor of Mathematics Education
Graduate School of Education
University of Massachusetts Lowell 
61 Wilder Street, O’Leary 5th floor
Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978-934-4616, Fax 978-934-3005

Copies of the "Symposium Journal" are available upon request.