Tentative Plans for NERA 2017 GSIC In-Conference Sessions
The Graduate Student Issues Committee (GSIC) is preparing two in-conference sessions for the 47th Annual NERA Conference in 2016. The sessions will feature two topics closely relevant to graduate students:
Session #1: Interviewing Tips 

In this session, graduate students at NERA will learn helpful hints for interviewing for a variety of jobs, including industry and faculty positions.

Session #2: Article Publication 

In this session, graduate students will learn about the publication process, including preparing manuscripts, choosing a journal, and details about the editorial review process.

Stay tuned for more information about GSIC sessions!

​GSIC Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award
Using Digital Stories to Increase High School Students’ Writing Self-Efficacy

 Anthony Girasoli
James Madison University
Students in public schools who do not learn to write proficiently are at a disadvantage. In school, stronger writers are more likely than weaker writers to use their writing skills to support learning in many academic areas (Graham & Perin, 2007a). Students with poor writing skills are likely to have poor grades in other academic subjects, especially in classes where writing artifacts are primarily used for assessing progress (Graham, 2006a).  This study explored a method for increasing high school students’ writing self-efficacy (i.e., confidence in writing narrative essays) using digital stories with collaborative supports as a planning activity.  A digital story is a student-created multimedia artifact that contains images and video accompanied by narration (Sylvester & Greenidge, 2009).  Students were arranged into three groups: a video collaboration group, a text discussion group (using Google Groups), and a comparison, non-digital story group.  The text discussion/digital storytelling group had significant gains in writing self-efficacy compared to the other two groups over time (F[3.54,93.75] = 6.07, p < 0.001).  This finding suggests that digital storytelling may have an effect on writing self-efficacy when additional text-based discussion supports are integrated into the activity.

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Call for Proposals for the 2017 NERA Conference 

GSIC would like to encourage all graduate students to submit both completed and in-progress research to the 2017 NERA Conference, which will take place from October 18-20, 2017 at the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway Hotel in Trumbull, CT.

NERA is an especially supportive environment for graduate students, which helps to reduce the stress of presenting at conferences. When presenting at NERA you will receive positive feedback and constructive criticism on your papers from respected professionals in the field. Presenting takes practice and because of NERA’s supportive attitude towards graduate students, it is a great place to present your papers!

Benefits of Being a NERA Member as a Graduate Student
Besides the three-day annual conference, NERA offers professional development opportunities for graduate students throughout the year:
  • Free Webinars on research methodology and special topics in educational research. Graduate students have the opportunity to learn from experts and leading researchers about the current development and future directions of a research topic.
  • Mentorship program where graduate students and young professionals can network with a NERA mentor concerning research projects, professional advice, and career development. During the annual NERA conference, mentees can meet their mentors in person during the happy-hour social.

Making a Difference within NERA
  • Make use of NERA message board. You can find information about internship opportunities, job openings, and other conferences on the NERA message board. If you have any questions or suggestions for NERA GSIC, feel free to use the NERA GSIC forum to let us know your opinions!
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