Research papers can take two major forms:
- reports of empirical investigations; or
- reports that are not based on empirical research including:
- a theoretical discussion;
- a position paper;
- a report of scholarly enquiry in progress;
- a literature review, a meta-study;
- an account of a new initiative;
- a reflective critique of practice; or
- any mixture of these or other recognised scholarly forms.
All papers for publication in the conference proceedings should contain the following:
- a statement of the problem/issue and a discussion of its significance;
- a critical analysis of the research literature as it relates to the topic of the paper; and
- conclusions and implications for mathematics education derived from the study.
All authors must follow the information provided in the Submission Template and Author Guidelines detailed on the Submission page. Papers should not exceed the set length. In addition, papers must be readable and free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.
All papers must respect MERGA’s ethical guidelines/policy relating to research work and empirical reports must include ethics statement as part of the Acknowledgements section. At the time of submission, you will be required to confirm that the research reported in your submission upholds the expectations for the ethical conduct of research by MERGA members and ethical standards for MERGA publications. Finally, submission includes upload of Publication Agreement, signed by all co-authors of the contribution. At the time of submission, you will be required to confirm that you have obtained, and will provide, permissions to re-print any third-party material included in the submitted document.
i. Empirical Investigations
When empirical investigations are reported (such as in an experimental intervention, confirmatory study, or action research, etc.), the paper should also include
- a statement of rationale for methodologies used in collecting and analysing data;
- a critical discussion of data findings in the light of the research literature; and
- in the literature review, prior work in the area should be acknowledged and an explanation of how the work reported in the paper builds on that earlier work should be included.
ii. Theoretical or Position Papers
When the work is a theoretical discussion, a position paper, a report of scholarly inquiry in progress, a review of literature, a theoretical study, a meta-study, an account of a new initiative, a reflective critique of practice or any mixture of these or other recognised scholarly forms, the material presented must be discussed critically, and alternative points of view relating to themes presented should be appropriately argued.