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Abstract Guidelines

Me tau pōike, tau atu tau atu - learning in crises

NZARE 2021 call for abstracts

The conference organising committee invites you to participate in the 2021 NZARE Conference.  Hosted by Victoria Univesity of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka on 15 -17 November 2021 at the Pipitea Campus.  We are seeking abstracts that relate to a wide range of topics including:

  • Conference theme: Learning in crises – find more information on the theme here
  • Any of the focus areas of an NZARE Special Interest Group (SIG) (see list below)
  • Any other educational research topic.

Authors may submit an abstract for presentation in one of the following formats:

Individual paper presentation

All individual presentations will be allocated a 20-minute timeslot and grouped with two similar presentations where possible. When preparing your presentation allow for a 15-minute presentation and up to 5 minutes of questions and discussion.

Symposium presentation

A symposium presentation consists of three presentations and a discussant/chairperson, who may be one of the presenters. Each symposium is allocated 90 minutes. The title of the symposium plus the names and affiliations of all participants in the session, including the chair, and an overview of 100 words should be submitted by the organiser. In addition, each presenter in the symposium must submit an abstract (400 words to split between presenters)  Organisers of symposium proposals must nominate a discussant/chairperson and organise the session to allow time for questions and discussion.

Round table discussion

A round table discussion consists of three or four papers that focus on a theme or issue for discussion. Papers of approximately 2000 words from each author are available in advance and the expectation is that those attending the discussion will have read the papers and considered a question posed by the author. Each author will present a five-minute overview of their research and question before the facilitated discussion begins.

Submission guidelines

Abstracts will be reviewed on the following six elements:

  1. Objectives or purpose
  2. Contemporary significance and/or scholarly relevance
  3. Conceptual and/or methodological soundness
  4. Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  5. Results and /or substantiated conclusions.
  6. Relevance to the conference.

Submission guidelines, terms, and conditions

All abstract submissions must comply with the following:

  • All abstracts are to be submitted online via the Abstract Submission Portal on the NZARE website no later than 5pm 16 July 2021.

When submitting your abstract for individual paper, symposium or table discussion, you will be asked to include or indicate the following:

  • Title of presentation
  • Up to three keywords
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s), including name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Email address and phone number of corresponding presenter.
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) of NZARE most closely related to the subject of the presentation if relevant.
  • Abstract content (100 words or less)
  • Preferred presentation formats (individual presentation, table discussion, or poster presentation) please list in order of preference

When submitting for symposium presentation, you will be asked to include or indicate the following:

  • Title of symposium
  • Symposium overview (100 words)
  • Authors and affiliations, including names of presenters and discussant/chairperson
  • Email addresses and phone numbers of presenters and discussant/chairperson.
  • Abstract for each presentation within the symposium (400 words total).
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) most closely related to the subject of the presentation if relevant


It is an expectation that presenters whose abstract has been accepted and who wish to present their research will register to attend the conference.

  • Authors may offer no more than two abstract submissions in which they appear as the lead author.
  • Conference attendees may not undertake the role of discussant for more than two symposia.
  • The Conference Programme Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any submissions.
  • The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract, or attendance at the conference.
  • Submission implies that you give NZARE and the Conference Organisers permission to publish

your abstract on the NZARE website and/or in hardcopy if it is accepted for presentation.


Abstract Submission Workshop – How to write a punchy 100-word abstract


This year we have reduced the word count for abstract submissions to 100 words.   To help develop this skill, we are hosting a zoom workshop on how to write a punchy 100-word abstract.   Bring an abstract (not longer than 150 words) and let’s trim it down to 80 – 100 words for quality of message.  

Presenter: Mira Peter (MOE)

Time: Thursday 24 June, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Zoom link:


Important Dates
15 June: Online abstract submission opens.

24 June: How to write a punchy 100-word abstract workshop with Mira Peter.     

16 July: Online submission closes.

1 Sept: Last day for notification of peer review results.

1 Oct: Early Bird registration closes.

NZARE SIGS include:

  • Adult and Tertiary Education 
  • Assessment 
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Education Policy 
  • Educational Ideas
  • Educational Leadership
  • Inclusive Education & Community
  • Learning Environments
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • New Zealand Centre for Action Research Network (NZCARN) 
  • Researching Education for Sustainability 
  • Science Education Research 

Further information:

Please direct all enquiries to the conference organiser:

Kelly Te Paa




Abstract Process

Once submitted, all abstracts will be reviewed by the Special Interest Group Panel that the paper best falls under. The panel will review the abstract using the NZARE 2021 Abstract Review Form: this is in the process of being confirmed

Once the Special Interest Group Panel has reviewed the abstract you will be notified whether your abstract has been accepted, accepted with changes, or not accepted.

Please note that to speed up the approval process, we will be sending your abstract for review shortly after receiving it. This is to ensure that you can apply for funding from your institute in a timely manner.

Submitting the abstract

Please fill out the form below and attach your word document containing your abstract. You can access the 2021 Conference Abstract Guidelines Abstract Submission 2021.