DEADLINE: APRIL 15  (SEER Presenters will be notified of the status of their submissions on July 15th) 
Proposals describing original empirical and conceptual research in the area of outdoor experiential 
education are now being solicited for the 2020 Conference of the Association for Experiential 
Education (AEE), Symposium for Experiential Education Research (SEER). 
The symposium will include traditional oral presentations (15 minutes to present/ 5 minutes 
of questions) and poster presentations. 
The oral presentations will be grouped according to themes emerging from the highest-ranked papers 
whose presenters requested oral presentations. Grouping papers by theme encourages greater 
participation by other conference attendees and affords more focused discussion in each session.
Poster presentations selected will be displayed in a visible location for all conference attendees to view, and time will be scheduled for authors to present and discuss their research. 
All submitted proposals are blind reviewed and ranked according to the following criteria:  
(a) clarity of question or problem;  
(b) the importance of the topic or study;  
(c) establishment of theoretical and methodological basis for study;  
(d) appropriateness of the methods;  
(e) evidence or logic that supports the conclusions;  
(f) contribution to the philosophy of experiential education and/or experiential methods;  
(g) proper APA 6th formatting; and 
(h) quality of writing (i.e. style, flow, grammar, and spelling). 
A typical abstract submitted will include a literature review, statement of purpose/need for the study, 
methods used, results, discussion, and references. Data analysis does not need to be completed by the 
submission deadline but is expected to be completed by the final abstract submission date prior to the conference. 
Authors of selected oral and poster presentations will have their abstracts published in the 2020 AEE Book of Proceedings, on the AEE website. Attendance and presentation at the conference are required for the abstract to be published. 
Conditions for Submission of Proposals 
1. Completed studies or scholarly discussions are suitable for submission. Proposals of work in 
progress may also be submitted provided the analysis is complete when the final abstract is due. 
2. Only studies or papers that have not been previously published or presented at another 
professional conference may be submitted. Papers that address the same question, use the same 
analysis or develop the same logical argument as previous publications or presentations are not 
3. Proposals undergo blind peer reviews, but Symposium co-chairs make final decisions about 
4. Papers may be rejected due to time and space limitations, ineffective development within the 
two-page proposal, violation of the preceding listed conditions in #1 or #2, excessive APA or 
mechanical errors (i.e. grammar and spelling), weaknesses in the study/project itself, or failure to 
follow submission guidelines (see below). 
5. Authors, whose proposal is accepted, are expected to deliver their presentations in person, as 
assigned during the Symposium. Please submit a proposal only if you are committed to attending 
the Symposium. Presenters are expected to register for the 2020 AEE Conference and 
may do so at the presenter rate. 
6. The deadline for submission is April 6th, 2020. The authors will be notified via e-mail of the status 
of their submission by about May 29, 2020. Presenters will be asked to provide a final abstract of 
their study by August 31, 2020, for inclusion in the Proceedings of the Symposium. 
7. Accepted authors are encouraged to submit full papers to the Journal of Experiential Education 
Proposal Preparation Details 
1. Proposals must be limited to two pages maximum, using 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced 
text and one-inch margins on sides, top, and bottom. A third page containing references 
should be included. Submitted proposals should be formatted according to the most current edition 
of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th ed.). Files should be 
submitted in Microsoft Word format. 
2. Proposals need a title reflecting the general nature of the research. Also, include a running head 
on each page. 
3. Proposals reporting empirical studies should contain appropriate headings identifying the 
following sections: review of literature, method, results, and discussion. Proposals reporting 
conceptual and theoretical discussions should have appropriately descriptive headings. 
4. Remove author identification in properties. (In Word, go to File, then Properties. Choose 
Summary and remove author name.) Track changes should not be readable. 
5. Proposals should use line numbering throughout the abstract to facilitate feedback in the review process.  
6. A list of references, not exceeding one page, should be included at the end of the proposal. It 
should use the same font and margin format as previously specified for abstract proposals. 
References should be formatted according to the most current edition of the Publication Manual 
of the American Psychological Association. Proposals not meeting these specifications will not be 
considered for review. 
Submission Instructions 
1. Submissions for SEER should be submitted to the link below. Follow instructions as to any other submission including entering all metadata (author byline, title, references, etc. and then upload a complete copy of your abstract without any author identifying information AS ONE SINGLE FILE. 
2. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after your submission.  
Have Questions? Contact The Research Symposium Co-Chairs: 
Ryan Zwart M.S., Montreat College, [email protected]
Dr. Curt Davidson, California State University Long Beach, [email protected]