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    I am working in early childhood education field. I own a Montessori school. Activity based learning is my topic. Explore and learn is my theory. I want to know how to select a topic for paper presentation for international conference and also how to prepare the paper. My area of interest is early childhood education.
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  • International conferences will have strict guidelines regarding the abstract, the group of topics to choose from, the length of the content and the time alloted for the candidate.

    You are interested in Early childhood education, is this part of the International conference because some conferences are very focused. If yes, then look at the guidelines for the scientific session and submissions for paper and poster presentations. Please stick to the time lines including the last dates for submission.

    It would be a good idea to check the previous year conference summary report and the topics discussed. Many reputed meetings have a list of people who are in charge of the scientific session who screen the abstracts and papers before accepting or rejecting a submission. Often these experts would have published on key topics, you can just browse if you have the names in hand.

    If you look at your selection of topic Explore and learn, you can think of the newer concepts like Flip Methodology (wherein students play a bigger role in developing the concept, knowledge etc and the teachers guide the students and give a feedback to complete the learning session.

    You can also try out Peer teaching, here an excellent student is paired with a underperforming student and both have to speak to the class about a particular topic with constructive contribution from the underperforming student.

    You can also choose the concept of learning classroom knowledge by actually going out of the classroom. For instance a visit to a water purification plant, the milk dairy etc.

    Once you choose, then get an idea of who the target audience would be, is it a mix of teachers/policy makers/ counselleors from all over the world or a focussed group of just teachers only. Then try as see if you can get a model of explore and learn in activity based learning. For example you can choose learning from beyond the classroom. Design an acitivity response sheet about water purification. Divide the class into two. One class has the traditional classroom teaching. The other half are different wherein can students are taken to a purification plant, they are allowed explore, interact and learn water purification plant, learn about different sources of water, methods of purification on small/large scale, the quality tests used etc.

    After a few days, give the activity response sheet about standards questions related to water purication, the see how the student groups perform in terms of recollection of facts, ability to expalin and be precise etc.

    You can think of a similar idea based on the time and resources in hand. Once you have the data, then set out for making a crisp, simple yet effective presentation instead of overloading with inference. The common headings would include. Topic, aims/objectives, introduction, methodology, your actual data/observations, inferences, recommendations, conclusions etc.

    You can pick and choose but remember to finish within the time limit. Be prepared to have a few pictures so that you can use it for the presentation. It is useful to discuss such presentations with people who have already done it in the past. Anticipate a few questions and criticisms related to your topic and gather some information.

  • your area of specialisation is early childhood education. You have a Montessori school. If you want to select a subject for a presentation in a national or International Seminar, first of all, you should know the theme of the seminar you want to attend and present a paper there. When the seminar announcement comes they will call for abstracts and in that first notification, they will give you the topics which will be covered in that seminar and all the guidelines for submitting the abstract. then based on the theme and your area of interest you can try to make a topic which is useful for the seminar and the audience of the seminar. Because you are working in the early childhood education you can think of subjects like how to nurture the interest of the child, child psychology, The role of parents in moulding the child and the role of mentors in shaping the child for the future etc., As you have a school and you are dealing with many children you can also make some case studies which will be very interesting for the audience. How a child behaved when he joined your school and over a period of time with your mentoring techniques and methodologies how you shared the child, can be a good topic for presentation.
    Another important point you should remember is even though you are sending a full paper for the seminar, your paper presentation should be made as a power point presentation. The power point should be a guide to you with just bullet points and you should speak on those points. You should not read through the presentation. You should be facing the audience and speaking and only for points, you should see the presentation. The Session Chairman and coChairman will conduct the session. They will be allowing the time and they will just indicate you that tour time is getting over within a minute or so by using a bell. You should see that you will finish your presentation well and you should not run after time. For this, you have to make some trials in your school with other teachers as audiences. This will help you as a rehearsal. You can get good suggestions from them and you will have the practice also.

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  • You want to prepare and present a paper in an international level seminar. In this respect, the first and foremost thing is to adhere to the theme of the seminar announced by the organisers. Keep this theme in the background of your mind while selecting the subject related to your core area of early childhood education with an emphasis on activity-based learning.

    Please go through the detailed brochure on the seminar and you will find the guidelines and other information regarding the format of the presentation. Some organisers very specifically mention the size of the presentation, fonts to be used, attachments to be provided etc and we must follow it in its entirety.

    Now coming to the selection of a subject for your paper, you have to go through some good books on child education and early childhood learning patterns and cognitive aspects. This will give you the gross material for your presentation. You have to arrange it in a systematic way to showcase your ideas and methods to impart an effective activity model of this basic education. Try to focus in your subject line and do not deviate beyond the territory of your theme. Please remember that a crisp presentation with bulleted points makes a better impact than a lot of material presented in a haphazard way.

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  • There are several parts for your answer:
    1. Topic: Activity Based Learning
    This is an excellent and extremely relevant topic. Identify various activities which you have used (include feedback from students and your observations), which new activity you want to propose based on your current exp[experience. Jot down some points for structure the paper.

    2, Selecting the right Conference: Check site: conference alerts india which provides a list of all conferences in India. Identify Conference themes related to Early childhood Education/ Educational Technology/ Innovative Teaching Methodologies. Also check the last date to apply.

    3. Writing the paper: Once the topic is finalised, identify what you want to put forth. Typically Implementation papers are better accepted for presentation than Survey Papers. I would suggest that you share your observations and experience about activities which you have already used. Additionally based on this you can propose a new activity or do an activity in a different way. The next step it to structure the paper into appropriate sections: (a) Introduction or background/ Motivation (b) About typical methods used in early childhood education, its importance (c) Describe the activities which you have used (d) share the feedback and observations (e) Propose a novel methodology (g) Conclusion and future plan of action .. Note that you can start writing all the sections but write Abstract and Conclusion in the end. Once ready send the paper. to the Conference. Depending on the quality of the paper: it may be Accepted, accepted with minor changes, accepted with major changes, or rejected. In fact the Conference team will provide advice on the comments and how to resolve the issue for acceptance. Note: Plagiarism check is important. Write the paper in your own words else it will be outright rejected. check Copyright guidelines online. Include all references in the end and cite them where appropriate.

    4. Registration for the Conference: Fill the required forms and send the registration amount.

    5. Preparing the presentation: The presentation time is approximately 10 to 15 minutes including QA. Keep the same title as mentioned in the paper. Include information from all sections of the paper in the slides. Avoid long sentences. Slides: (a) title slide (b) Roadmap ( c) All sections as mentioned in paper .... (d) Conclusion and Future plan of action (e) Questions? (f) References (g) Extra slides in case some questions are asked

    6. Actual presentation: practice it, ensure that it is completed in stipulated time. Most conferences do not give even a single minute extra. Keep it crisp. The Session Chair and Moderators are form the same field. Hence do not focus on the initial part of the topic but more on the work done and what is proposed and the conclusion. There will be Questions from the Chair/ Moderator or even the audience. Prepare well so that you are in a position to answer them.

    Hope this answers your question.

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