From ATRA Research Institute Chair Angela Wozencroft
comes the following announcement:American Therapeutic Recreation Association
2011 Research Institute
Held in conjunction with:
2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – RIDE THE RAILS TO THE CROSSROADS OF AMERICA/ RE-START YOUR ATRA ENGINES IN THE HOOSIER STATE
SEPTEMBER 18-21, 2011• INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
CALL FOR PRESENTATION AND POSTER ABSTRACTS
The purpose of the ATRA Research Institute is to share research findings relevant to Recreation Therapy, increase the body of knowledge, and support professional practice. The Institute includes applied research and efficacy studies highlighting the ATRA Research Agenda are especially invited. Discussions of how practitioners can utilize results in everyday practice are highly recommended. The Institute includes both presentations and poster sessions. The latter provides researchers a chance to present their work in a setting that facilitates discussion with interested attendees. Researchers should indicate their preference of presentation styles (presentation or poster) on the cover page. Editors of the Research Institute reserve the right to make the final decision of the presentation style but will work to honor the selection of those submitting proposals.
The Institute publishes research briefs from both the poster and presentation sessions. Briefs must adhere to the format outlined in this call to be accepted for publication. Briefs submitted for the “works in progress” section will not be included in the published book of research briefs unless the research has been completed prior to the publication deadline. Authors receive a copy of the published book of research briefs at the conference. Although posters may be accepted without abstracts, they are strongly recommended as they help advance the body of knowledge in the field.
PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS IN THREE CATEGORIES ARE BEING SOUGHT:
(a)Completed Research must be completed research projects that have not been published or presented at another conference. Authors are urged to explain the theoretical basis, procedures and methods used, findings, and to explicate practical applications or other implications for the use of their research in TR practice.
(b)Works in Progress do not have to be completed projects but should be in some middle to later stage of the research process. The poster session will allow authors to get input from other professionals including both practitioners and educators. At the same time, it serves as a tutorial for individuals interested in learning how the research process works. (Works in progress will not be included in the book of research briefs unless the research has been completed prior to the publication deadline).
(c)Case Studies are reports that follow a client/participant through the therapeutic recreation process from assessment to goals and objectives, program planning, implementation, and evaluation/outcome measurement.
Briefs reporting empirical studies must include: Introduction; Methods/Sample Instrumentation, Analysis etc; Findings; and Discussion/Implications. A comparable format is required for conceptual papers. Posters focusing on case studies, practice perspectives, or applied research should have a clear introduction, a well written body of text and a discussion of the application of their information to the field of TR. Particular emphasis should be on how practitioners can use the results of your research in everyday practice.
Note: By submitting a research brief, you are making a commitment to present your presentation or poster if accepted. Research presentations will be 20-25 minutes and scheduled during the 2011 ATRA Research Institute. Posters will be displayed at a Conference event to be announced later by the Research Team. Presenters will be requested to stand beside their poster for discussion for approximately 60 minutes during the Research Institute. Each poster presentation should have one individual responsible for discussing the poster. One individual may not cover multiple posters. Partial registration waivers may be offered per abstract (not per presenter).
Poster Format: Posters may be any size up to 36 by 60 inches. Design, coloration, etc. is up to the author but should look professional and be easy to read from 4 feet away.
Research Brief Format: A cover page (1 copy, Name and I.D. Information on the cover sheet only) and brief that is prepared in the following format:
A.Three pages maximum including all findings, discussion, and implications. If needed, tables and figures should be included on separate pages as per APA format. A reference list (APA 6th edition) is required and should be included on separate pages.
B.Use 12-point font and one-inch margins on all sides of 8 1/2 by 11” paper. Single-space the abstract using Times New Roman font.
C.Briefs should have a clear and descriptive title above the first line of text. No information about the author(s) should appear on the brief itself, only on the cover page. Leave one space between the title and text of the brief. Do not number pages or use a running header or footer.
D.Use appropriate subheadings and references that conform to APA 6th edition format.
E.An electronic version of the brief should be sent to the ATRA National Office as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format as well as Research Institute chair.
F.Include in the submission either an abbreviated presenter vitae or biosketch (2 page maximum), and mini bio stating the name of the author(s), name of business affiliation, and contact information (phone number, fax number and email address) for each presenter.
DEADLINE FOR PRESENTATION & POSTER PROPOSALS:
Proposal information must be sent via email by midnight February 14th, 2011
, and will be acknowledged via e-mail within five (5) business days. Late proposals may be considered depending on space and time limitations.
SEND YOUR PROPOSAL TO:
The ATRA National Office at: email@example.com
Please submit a duplicate of your Proposals for the Research Institute to the research institute chair: firstname.lastname@example.org