LINGUIST List 5.1364

Mon 28 Nov 1994

Calls: Social Science Methodology, TESOL

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  1. Rose D, Conference announcement
  2. Christopher Hall, Call for Participation MEXTESOL 95

Message 1: Conference announcement

Date: Fri, 25 Nov 94 14:30:41 GMConference announcement
From: Rose D <>
Subject: Conference announcement






 JULY 1 - 4, 1996

Social Science Methods - Essex '96

The Essex '96 Social Science Methodology Conference is designed to
provide a forum for discussing current research in all areas of social
science. The conference will be organized in a series of parallel
thematic streams and we wish to invite contributions on all aspects of
research - from `creation' to `dissemination', `collection' to
`analysis', `qualitative' to `quantitative', `pure' to `applied',
`micro' to `macro', `practical' to `philosophical', `historical' to
`contemporary', and so on. In addition we wish to attract papers
concerned with the effective teaching of social science research
methods, including the use of computers in teaching. We also wish to
involve individuals concerned with the creation and dissemination of
research resources and the evaluation and cumulation of social
research. This first announcement invites contributions at the level of
both conference themes and individual papers.

The earlier conferences in this series (Amsterdam '84, Dubrovnik '88,
Trento '92) identified particular research strategies which acted as
the focus for discussion across several conference sessions. We intend
to repeat this formula and so invite suggestions from individuals or
groups who would like this major representation at Essex '96. Possible
themes might be: panel analysis, evaluation research, ethnography,
network analysis, simulation methods, cross-cultural research, third
world research, computer analysis of qualitative data, rational choice,
causal inference, discourse analysis, feminist research, research on
the quality of life and subjective well-being, measurement and
measurement error, estimation, multi-level modelling, event history
analysis, latent class models, language and society
(socio-linguistics: ethnographic, variationist, etc) conversational
analysis, cultural contexts of research, teaching methods, Computer
Assisted Survey Information Collection (CASIC), etc. We would welcome
suggestions of persons or groups who might help organize such topic
streams. A second announcement and call for papers will be issued in
May/June 1995 detailing the actual working themes of Essex '96
following the response to this initial call for ideas and papers.

This is also a call for individual papers. Abstracts of papers are
invited on any of the areas covered by Essex '96. Contributions
dealing with specific issues in research are also welcome. The
following provides some further illustrative topics:

Theories regarding measurement, data, causality, concept
 formation; sampling; simulation.

Design issues for all types of research - experimental,
 observational, comparative, longitudinal, multi-level,
 longitudinal, survey, simulations, qualitative, quantitative;
 sample designs.

Data collection methods such as questionnaire design,
 sampling, participant observation, historical and archival
 research, textual data, computerized methods (CAPI/CATI, etc),

Data processing and management, including generic
 database design and software problems, as well as problems
 relating to the handling of large and complex datasets, time
 dependent and qualitative data; issues in data linkage; the use of
 global electronic networks; new forms of data transport; software
 for rapid processing; missing data imputation; anonymisation;
 multi-media integration; validation.

Data analysis techniques such as the analysis of qualitative
 data (including via computer), textual data, all forms of
 multivariate quantitative methods, network analysis, MDS and other
 scaling techniques, graphical models, simulation models, issues in
 the analysis of large and complex datasets.

Research dissemination issues including standards for data and
 meta-data; methods for communicating results to lay audiences; use
 of electronic journals and newsletters; new media;
 (Inter)networking; confidentiality; data ownership and copyright;
 documentation standards; intellectual property; data location.

Research evaluation: what constitutes `quality' research? Are
 measures of performance valid? Knowledge transfer: science to
 policy. The role of research institutes, research councils and
 other funding bodies.

Teaching social science methods, the use of computers in
 teaching qualitative and quantitative analysis; computer assisted
 learning (CAL) for research methods courses; comparisons of
 different teaching techniques.

The Conference organizers are committed to a policy of subsequent
publication of thematic collections of papers in journals and books,
wherever this is possible. The Committee is also investigating possible
publication of at least some papers in time for distribution at the

Abstracts of papers (c.250 words) and ideas for conference themes
(c.500 words) should be sent in any convenient format to the Organizing
Committee by April 3 1995.

The Conference is organized by the social science departments and
centres of the University of Essex, Colchester, England, co-ordinated
by the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change (the British
Household Panel Study), and is sponsored by the International
Sociological Association Research Committee on Logic and Methodology.
This is the fourth in a series of conferences which have become the
major international colloquium on Social Science Methodology. Essex '96
is intended to maintain and build on this tradition. The conference
programme will include a daily plenary lecture, contributed papers in
thematic sessions, software demonstrations and a publishers'


The conference will take place at the University of Essex, a campus
university close to the historic town of Colchester. All accommodation
is en suite and located on the campus.


The official conference language is English.


The conference fee is expected to be approximately 100 (US$160). A
reduced fee may be available for certain categories of conference

Organizing Committee

David Rose, Randy Banks, David Britain, Louise Corti, Tony Coxon, John
Ermisch, Michael Harloe, Stephen Joseph, Gordon Kemp, Chris Mooney,
Carlo Ruzza, John Scott, Oriel Sullivan, Eric Tanenbaum.

Scientific Committee

Ray Pawson (University of Leeds), David Rose, Gordon Kemp and John
Scott (University of Essex), Nigel Fielding and Nigel Gilbert
(University of Surrey), Edith de Leeuw (Free University, Amsterdam),
Anuska Ferligoj (Ljubljana), Karl van Meter (LASMAS-CRNS, Paris),
Kenneth Bailey (UCLA), Peter Carrington (University of Waterloo).

For further information contact:

David Rose
Essex '96
British Household Panel Study
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Tel: (+44) 1206 872655
Fax: (+44) 1206 873151
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Message 2: Call for Participation MEXTESOL 95

Date: Mon, 28 Nov 94 15:01:58 CSCall for Participation MEXTESOL 95
From: Christopher Hall <>
Subject: Call for Participation MEXTESOL 95

 Proposals due May 15, 1995
 Convention Dates: 12-15 October 1995, Acapulco, MEXICO

Abstracts are invited on any area of Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages, either theoretical or applied.

Steps in Submitting a Proposal
1. Complete both sides of the Proposal Form, using either the form itself
or a photocopy. Make a copy for yourself. This Proposal Form is also
required for Exhibitor's Sessions (Commercial Demonstrations).
2. Prepare 3 copies of a single-page abstract to be read by the Academic
Readers and put the following information in the upper left corner of all
 - the type of presentation (demonstration, exhibitor's session, in-progress,
 paper, workshop)
 - title of the proposed presentation.
3. Put the presenter(s) name(s) in the upper right corner on one of the
copies. Do not put names on the remaining two copies.
4. Be sure to include all of the information requested on the Proposal
Form, including a maximum 75-word summary of the presentation and a maximum
50-word Biodata statement for each participant. This information will be
included in the program. Exhibitors may include a maximum of 100 words for
the Summary and 75 words for the Biodata.
5. Mail the completed package to:

 San Borja 726-2
 Colonia del Valle
 03100 Mexico, D. F.
 TEL./FAX: 575-5473

6. All proposals which fulfill the above requirements (Proposal Forms duly
filled out, 3 copies of abstract--one with name, two without) will be read
by two different Academic Referees. These referees will judge proposals
based on academic merit, evidence of clear planning; accepted proposals
will also be chosen with a view to presenting a balanced program.

- A note about multiple proposals. Participants are encouraged to submit
any number of proposals. Since sessions will be determined based on
academic merit, more than one Proposal may be chosen. When a presenter
accepts more than one spot on the program, others may be prevented from
attendance. For this reason, the Committee asks that participants accept
MEXTESOL's invitation to be primarily responsible (main presenter) for ONLY
ONE session on the program and to limit their participation to a maximum of
one or two other sessions.

To simplify editing
Title. Only the title and presenter's name and institutional affiliation
appear in the Daily Schedule section of the program book. The title is
important for attracting participants to your session. Choose a title that
will be clear to the intended audience and limit it to 9 words. Capitalize
only the first word, initials, proper nouns, and the first word following a
colon. Use a colon instead of a dash.
Summaries. Summaries will appear in the convention program. They help
convention participants to decide which presentations will be the most
appropriate to their interests. Summaries of more than 75 words cannot be
included. They should be written in the third person future tense ("The
presenter will begin by... and she will then...").
Biographical statements (Bio-data). In a maximum of 50 words for each
participant, give the first name or initials, family name(s), institutional
affiliation (optional) and relevant activities. Degrees are not usually
listed, titles such as "associate professor" are not capitalized, and
"currently" is normally omitted. Write in complete sentences, it is not a
Abstract. The abstract does not appear in the program, but it is the only
part of the Proposal seen by the referees. Carefully read all
instructions. Abstracts are limited to 250 words and one page. Evidence
of careful planning is essential in the abstract.

Description of Types of Presentations
Demonstration (50 minutes) An academic presentation in which most of the
time is used for demonstrating a technique for teaching or testing.
Exhibitor Session (50 minutes or 1 hour 20 minutes) Presented by book
publishers, authors, editors, distributors, manufacturers and others whose
goods or services have significance for TESOL students and educators.
In Progress (20 minutes) An opportunity for research graduate students,
administrators, teacher trainers, classroom teachers, or any other
interested person to report on research, programs, textbooks or techniques,
that are "in progress" and to meet others interested in the topic.
Paper (50 minutes) An oral summary. The presenter discusses and describes
research the presenter is doing or has done in relation to either theory or
practice. The presenter often has handouts and may also use audiovisual
Workshop (1 hour 20 minutes) Very little lecturing by the leader; the
emphasis is, rather, on the participants' activity, which is carefully
structured by the leader. The leader works with a group, helping
participants solve a problem or develop a specific teaching or research

Topic Area:
Classroom Methods/Techniques: Ideas that can be applied to ELT classes.
Applied Linguistics: Theoretical aspects of ELT, i.e., research.
Technology in EFL/ESL: Technological advances, such as computers, video...
Testing: Presentations related to evaluation situations.
Teacher Training/Supervision: Related to teacher training or supervision
Program/Syllabus Development: Ideas for material or course development.
Program Administrators: Directed at administrators and their work.

Area of Interest:
Pre-primary: Under 6 years old; before first grade of primary school.
Primary: Elementary School. 6 to 12 years old. Grades 1 to 6.
Secundaria: Junior High School. 13 to 15 years old. Grades 7 to 9.
Preparatoria: High School. 16 to 18 years old. Grades 10 to 12.
Bilingual Education: ESL Programs. English and Spanish are taught equally.
University: Post High School. 18 years old and up; higher education programs.
Adult: Over 18 years old. Usually in private language institutes.


Type the mailing address to whom all correspondence should be sent:

 Name: ______________________________ Home Telephone: _____________________
 Address: ___________________________ Office Telephone: ___________________
 ____________________________________ Fax Number: _________________________
 (City) (State/Province) (Zip/Postal Code) (Country)

 Presenter(s): (Listed in the order in which name(s) should appear in program.)
 Family Name, Other Name(s) Institutional Affiliation
 ________________________________ ________________________________
 ________________________________ ________________________________
 ________________________________ ________________________________
 ________________________________ ________________________________
 ________________________________ ________________________________
 ________________________________ ________________________________

Title of Proposal: _______________________________________________________
 (9-word maximum)

(Maximum 75 words. Exhibitors-100 words.)

(Maximum 50 words. Exhibitors-75 words.)

Type of Session (check ONE box only):
50 Minutes 1 Hr., 20 Min.: Exhibitor Session
 __ Demonstration __ Workshop __ 50 Minutes
 __ Paper __ 1 Hr. 20 Min.
 20 Minutes:
 __ In Progress

Topic Area
 __ Classroom Methods/Techniques __ Teacher Training/Supervision
 __ Applied Linguistics __ Program/Syllabus Development
 __ Technology in EFL/ESL __ Program Administrators
 __ Testing __ Other: ______________________________

Area of Interest
 __ Pre-primary __ Preparatoria __ Adult
 __ Primary __ Bilingual Education __ Other: ______________
 __ Secundaria __ University

Preferred Audience Size
 __ 50 __ 75 __ 100 __ 150 __ 200

Audiovisual Equipment
(All rooms will be provided with either blackboards or flipcharts, with
chalk, markers and erasers). Please mark other equipment you will need.
Note: Due to availability restrains, some items will have to be charged.
 __ Overhead Projector (OHP) (No charge) __ Videotape Player:
 __ VHS __ BETA __ 3/4"
 __ Cassette Tape Recorder (No charge) __ Slide Projector
 (Call the office for prices.)

Mail this form and 3 copies of the single-page abstract to the following
address before deadline (May 15th 1994).

San Borja 726-2
Colonia del Valle
03100 Mexico, D. F.
TEL./FAX: 575-5473


For more specific information:

Prof. Patrick Smith, Convention Chair (
Dr. Christopher Hall, Academic Chair (
Language Department, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

Tels: +52 (22) 29 31 05 (Main Office)
 +52 (22) 29 31 17 (Smith)
 +52 (22) 29 31 24 (Hall)
Fax: +52 (22) 29 31 01
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