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FYI: Second Language Research SIG AERA: Call for Nominations


Author: Erica K. Dotson

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition

FYI Body: Dissertation Award

The Second Language Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Educational Research Association (AERA) honors the writer of an outstanding dissertation completed during each calendar year. The award goes to the dissertation research that best demonstrates the following criteria: solid theoretical base, sound methodology and data collection, originality, and promising contribution to the field of second language research.

Candidates must have completed and filed their dissertation between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 and must be members of the Second Language Research. The candidate, dissertation chair, or members of the candidate’s dissertation committee may make nominations by sending:
a) A cover letter with the candidate’s name, address, telephone, and e-mail address.
b) Supporting statement as to why the dissertation is worthy of this award.
c) A 250-word abstract of the dissertation.

Submit nominations by January 31, 2014 to Dr. Erica K. Dotson, ericadotson@clayton.edu. Please send the letter and the abstract as an attachment for efficient distribution. Late submissions will not be considered. Finalists will be asked to submit an article-length manuscript based upon the dissertation for blind review. At a minimum, we suggest that candidates include the following:
a) Problem statement and a description of the context (or contextualization) in which the research took place.
b) Review of the literature including the contribution your dissertation make.
c) Design of the study.
d) Analysis of the data.
e) Recognition of the limitations of the study and checks for untrustworthiness of the study.
f) Implications.
g) Recommendations for further research and instructional practice.

Manuscript length: 20 pages preferred (excluding bibliography, tables, notes); longer article acceptable, depending on merit. Please send the manuscript electronically as an attachment.
The winner will be officially recognized at the AERA Annual Meeting in 2014 during our SIG business meeting. If the winner is able to attend, he/she will make a presentation of their study at this time. In addition to a plaque formally recognizing the achievement, the winner will receive a complementary one-year membership in AERA, as well as membership in the Second Language Research SIG.

Sincerely,
Erica K. Dotson, Ph.D.
Nominations Award Chair

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