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The Fourth International Conference on Psychology Education (ICOPE) will be held in Sydney, Australia, at the University of New South Wales, from Thursday July 8 to Sunday July 11, 2010. The theme of the conference is: "Global Psychology Education: Promise for the Future".

The conference will feature (a) research on the application of psychological principles to enhancing student learning in the university setting, (b) developments in education and training in psychology across the world, and (c) sharing of world best practice in psychology education. A contract is being organised for invited full papers based on accepted submissions to be considered for publication in an edited volume. 

The Committee now welcomes and invites submissions of abstracts for sympoisia, individual papers, and posters. Possible topics for submissions are posted at the bottom of this page.

In general, it is expected that abstracts will address:

  • Introduction to the topic or context and/or mapping of the literature
  • Aims of the project or research questions and/or focus of enquiry
  • Sound research methods and/or analytical, theoretical framework
  • Research findings and critical analysis
  • Originality and contribution to the field

All abstract submissions are blind reviewed by members of the Scientific Program Committee and other expert reviewers.  There are two periods of submissions:

July 1 - November 1, 2009
-- notification of outcome by December 15, 2009

November 2 - February 15, 2010
-- notification of outcome by April 1, 2010

Please note that a computer and data projector/screen are standard in all rooms, and other special audio-visual requests may not be able to be accommodated.

A symposium is designed to be a focused session in which speakers present on a common theme, issue or question. See the “Individual Papers” section for expected standard of content. The symposium would usually consist of a chairperson briefly introducing the topic and providing a 'big picture' introduction to the session. This would usually be followed by at least 2 but no more than 4 individual speakers, and end with concluding remarks by the chairperson. There should be opportunity for audience members to ask questions of presenters and for an exchange of views. A symposium session will run for 90 minutes.

Individual paper oral presentations must (a) report on the empirical findings of the presenter, (b) critically evaluate the empirical findings of others in the form of a meta-analysis or critical review, (c) present new or alternative concepts or theoretical frameworks, or (d) document an evaluated teaching innovation. Strong scholarly content is encouraged, and there should be evidence of advancing the field.  Each individual paper will consist of a 20-minute presentation plus 10 minutes for questions/discussion. The Scientific Program Committee will integrate sets of individual papers into thematic sessions.

The content of posters can (a) report on the presenter’s completed or preliminary empirical findings, (b) critically evaluate the empirical findings of others in the form of a meta-analysis or critical review, (c) present developing concepts or theoretical frameworks, (d) document teaching innovations, or (e) report on practice at the individual course, program or departmental levels.  The presenter should bring at least 50 handouts.  Focus should be on interactive discussion. The Scientific Program Committee may integrate sets of posters into thematic sessions


The symposium abstract submission, which should be a single WORD document, must consist of:

  1. A front page with the title of the symposium, followed by the name, affiliation and email of the corresponding author and of the Chairperson (if this is different).  This should be followed by the title, authors, and affiliations, for each of the abstracts. Please also indicate for each paper, who the presenter is, by bolding that name.  Please also include this statement:  “The authors have read, and accept, the Conditions, Requirements, and Disclaimer regarding abstract submissions”.
  2. The second page should contain the title of the symposium, and an abstract that covers all the papers in the symposium.
  3. The following pages should contain the title and abstract of the individual papers.

Email your submission to icope2010@psy.unsw.edu.au

The individual paper or poster abstract submission, which should be a single WORD document, must consist of:

  1. A front page with the title of the paper, name and email of corresponding author, followed by the names and affiliations of all the authors. Please also indicate who the presenter is, by bolding that name.  Please indicate the desired format:  Individual Paper, or Poster.  Please also include this statement:  “The authors have read, and accept, the Conditions, Requirements, and Disclaimer regarding abstract submissions”.
  2. The second page should contain the title of the paper/poster, and the abstract.

Email your submission to icope2010@psy.unsw.edu.au

Please note these Conditions and Requirements:

  • The length of each individual abstract should be 150-250 words, with single-line spacing, and a margin of 2 cm. Font used should be Arial 10pt.
  • Please ensure that all reference to author names and organisations are excluded from your abstract pages, as abstracts are being blind-reviewed.
  • It is recommended and encouraged that presenters within a symposium are from 2 different countries.
  • The abstracts will contain text only, i.e. without diagrams, illustrations, tables, references or graphics.
  • All details should be accurate as what you send to the Scientific Program Committee will be copied directly into the Conference Handbook. Responsibility for the accuracy of abstracts rests with the authors.
  • Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Conference Scientific Program Committee. The Symposium Chairperson/Organiser will be advised via email of the Committee decision no later than December 15, 2009 for the first round, and April 1, 2010, for the second round. All abstracts will be considered on the basis of the merit of the individual submission and will be rated according to relevance to conference theme, potential scientific and educational impact of the presentation, and the relevance of the content to the audience. Please note that the Scientific Program Committee may recommend acceptance of an abstract submission as a Poster, rather than an Individual Paper.
  • All presenters are required to register and pay to attend the Conference no later than the early-bird date of April 8, 2010. If this does not occur, presentations will not be programmed.
  • Licensing of Content:  In anticipation of the publication of abstracts, ICOPE requires that you grant a non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce, distribute, display and store the abstract worldwide in all forms, formats and media now known or as developed in the future, including print, electronic and digital forms. You will retain copyright of your abstract, in addition to the moral rights you are entitled to as author of the abstract.
  • The acceptance of a symposium/paper/poster does not imply funding of registration, travel arrangements, accommodation or other costs by the Congress Organisers.
  • A submission that does not adhere to the regulations is unlikely to be accepted.
All correspondence will be forwarded by email to one contact only—the corresponding author. It is assumed that the corresponding author will notify the other presenters/authors of outcomes.

The invitation to submit a symposium, individual paper, or poster, and the acceptance of your submission, does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference.

By submitting your symposium, individual paper, poster or particpant idea exchange, you confirm that it has not been published or presented before. You also grant the Organising Committee permission to publish the abstract in the Conference Handbook in hard copy and electronic format. If you have issues with these two conditions, but still still wish to submit, please contact icope2010@psy.unsw.edu.au to discuss.

The Organising Committee's decision on acceptance of the abstract will be final.

Submissions will be invited that contribute to:

  • good practice in psychology teaching, learning or assessment;
  • theoretical debate relevant to psychology teaching and learning;
  • facilitation of interchange between teaching staff, educational developers, researchers or policy makers.

Typical subjects for submission include:

  • evaluation studies of teaching, learning or assessment practice;
  • innovative developments including a clear rationale and evaluation;
  • surveys of practice in relation to psychology education in HE;
  • informed discussion of policy or strategic issues.

Topics could include:

General Topics

  1. National issues in teaching psychology
  2. Teaching psychology: goals, outcomes, curriculum, and methods
  3. Best practices in all educational settings
  4. Continuing education in psychology
  5. Teaching of psychology for professionals in different fields of practice
  6. Internationalising teaching and learning in psychology
  7. Developing international programs
  8. Internationalising the curriculum
  9. Graduate employability
  10. The interface between faculty instructors and university administrators
  11. The interface between psychology education and psychology organizations

Experience with Basic (Core) Courses

  1. Introductory psychology
  2. Research methods and statistics
  3. Experimental psychology
  4. Biological psychology
  5. Cognitive psychology
  6. Developmental psychology
  7. Personality and individual differences
  8. Abnormal psychology
  9. Social psychology
  10. Cross-cultural and indigenous psychology
  11. History and systems of psychology
  12. Environmental psychology
  13. Positive Psychology

Experience with Advanced Courses

  1. Clinical psychology
  2. Health psychology
  3. Counseling psychology
  4. Industrial and organizational psychology
  5. Human factors
  6. Psychology in business and economics
  7. Human relations
  8. Community psychology
  9. Educational and school psychology
  10. Forensic psychology
  11. Sport psychology
  12. Gender and sexuality
  13. Innovations in curriculum
  14. Graduate research training and postgraduate research supervision
  15. Professional training and supervision

Experience Across the Curriculum

  1. The best methods of classroom instruction
  2. Classroom demonstrations and activities
  3. Service learning and internships in psychology
  4. Research-based methods of teaching psychology
  5. The scholarship of teaching and learning
  6. Distance teaching and learning: Internet, on-line, and digital cables
  7. Preparing students and faculty to become effective teachers of psychology
  8. Student engagement
  9. Curriculum innovations
  10. Learning and teaching innovations, including internet-based technologies


For further information, please contact the Conference Organising Committee at icope2010@psy.unsw.edu.au.
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