EPASSA Annual Conference
The Diverse Role of Educational Psychologists in South Africa
23 - 24 June 2020 - Pre-conference Workshop
25 June – 26 June 2020 - Conference
NH Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Cape Town
Call for Submissions
The Educational Psychology Association of South Africa (EPASSA) invites submissions for papers, panels and posters for the EPASSA Annual Conference to be held from 23-26 June 2020 at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West. EPASSA provides a forum for educational psychologists to share ideas, promote their work, maintain and protect the interests of the profession and strive for contextually appropriate
service delivery. The EPASSA 2020 Annual Conference will consist of a program of paper, panel, and poster sessions on topics of significance to all health care professionals, but focusing on educational psychology. The main focus of the conference is; The diverse role
of Educational Psychologists in South Africa. Pre-conference workshops of relevance to all health care professionals will be hosted from 23-24 June 2020 on the following topics: Assessment training (Wechsler tests), medical-legal training, Introduction to Hypnotherapy, parenting plans, mediation in divorce, and court work.
In general, the EPASSA Annual Conference seeks to feature research that includes comparative, cross-cultural, national and/or international studies. Submissions should be anchored in national or global issues. Duplicate submission of the same symposium, paper
or poster through the EPASSA submission systems is not allowed.
Papers, posters and panel submissions are encouraged to synthesize knowledge worldwide over the last decade and anticipate future research trends and directions. Scholarly papers, posters and/or panel submissions that adhere to this call will be featured at the 2020
Who Should Submit?
Scholars and advanced graduate students worldwide whose research links to any of the different roles of the educational psychologist. Papers may be submitted to be presented at paper sessions or poster sessions. Scholars wishing to organize panels are also encouraged
Scope of the Annual Conference
The scope of the conference is wide in its reach to include studies across the life span, from early learning to workforce and adult, as well as elderly education and that take place in formal and informal contexts of education and learning. The emphasis of the Conference is on papers, posters and panels with a lens that is national or worldwide in perspective. Otherwise, there is no restriction on the educational
psychology research topics appropriate for consideration, although priority will be given to submissions that focus on research and findings addressed to significant trends, issues, and challenges of educational psychologists nationally and internationally.
Guidelines for Submission to the EPASSA 2020 Annual Conference
Paper, poster, and panel submissions must be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of the scientific committee, on 29 February 2020; 23:59 South Africa Standard Time latest. The final deadline to submit is 29 February 2020; 23:59 South Africa Standard Time.
To be considered, please submit an abstract that sets out your theoretical framework, methodology and basic results. Papers must be copy-edited prior to submission. Abstracts will be published in the conference programme.
Paper summaries are a maximum of 750 words on: a.) “Proposal Information/Research/Questions and Theoretical Approach” (350 words); b.) “Methods” (150 words); and c.) “Conclusion & Findings, Scientific Significance” (250 words) in addition to the paper title, information on the authors, and so forth. Up to ten references may be included in the summary and must be set forth in the reference list. A 250-word abstract suitable for publication must also be submitted. For multiple-authored papers, the first author of the paper is responsible for submission, even if that individual is not the paper presenter.
Authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for the submission of the 250-word abstract for publication purposes:
1. Centre the title in capital letters at the top of the page
2. Thereafter state your names and affiliation (upper/lower case)
3. Thereafter type the body of the abstract, using single spacing
4. If possible, please use Times New Roman, font size 12
5. Please leave 2,5cm margins on all sides
Panels will have lively discussions on topics that are of interest and significance to educational psychologists, for example Assessment in a diverse South Africa or Educational Psychologists and the NHI or the Scope of Practice. These panels will be made of experts and
specialists who will present their research results and/or opinions on the topics under discussion. To be considered, please submit an abstract that sets out your theoretical framework, methodology and basic results. A 250-word abstract suitable for publication
must also be submitted.
For those who want to share information that is not publication-ready, e.g. students who are conducting research. To be considered, please submit a summary of the main points to be discussed/presented.
Poster sessions are visual displays of research findings, which provide the presenter with an opportunity for discussion of the research and findings. Submissions for poster sessions parallel the requirements for paper submissions, including a summary of up to 750 words that additionally addresses any unique elements particularly appropriate for a poster.
Poster summaries are a maximum of 750 words on: a.) “Proposal Information/Research/Questions and Theoretical Approach” (350 words); b.) “Methods” (150 words); and c.) “Conclusion & Findings, Scientific Significance” (250 words) in addition to the poster title, information on the authors, and so forth. Up to ten references may be included in the summary and must be set forth in the reference list. Also, a 250-word abstract suitable for publication must be included (please refer to the section Paper Submissions for the guidelines). Work with initial findings or in early stages of development and studies that are best conveyed with data analytic methods or pictorial or hands-on displays might be especially appropriate for a poster.
Peer Review of Submissions
All submissions are ‘blind’ peer reviewed by the EPASSA Scientific Committee. Criteria include the national or global significance of the research questions, the soundness of the methodology, the appropriateness of the methods to the research questions, the importance of the findings, and the overall logic and clarity of the conclusions and implications of the research.
Guidelines for Accepted Submissions
Notification of acceptance decisions will be provided by 8 March 2020. Presenting authors of accepted papers, posters AND all participants in accepted panel discussions are expected to attend and register for the EPASSA 2020 Annual Conference, no later than 18 March 2020.
Registration is available online on the EPASSA website at www.epassa.net. Registration will open for Early Bird registrants on 13 January 2020 and end on 15 April 2020, 23:59 South Africa Standard Time. Discounted rates will apply. Regular registration at full conference
rates will start on 16 April 2020 and end on 20 June 2020.
Accepted papers: Final papers must be submitted by all participants by 30 April 2020. Acceptance letters will include instructions for submitting final papers.
15 January 2020 Submission starts
29 February 2020 Submission ends
8 March 2020 Decisions announced
13 January 2020 – 15 April 2020 Early bird registration
16 April 1, 2020 – 20 June 2020 Registration
30 April 2020 Submission of final papers to EPASSA
23 -26 June 2020 EPASSA 2020 Annual Conference
Linda De Rooster - EPASSA Conference Chairperson
Lizette Matthews - EPASSA Scientific Committee Chairperson
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