Psychological Theory and Research
on Mental Retardation

Third European Conference
August 31 - September 2, 2000
Geneva, Switzerland

 

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Organized by the
Laboratory of Cognitive Education (Atelier d'Apprentissage)
Department of Education
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva

With support of the
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva

Scientific committee
Fredi Buechel, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Cesare Cornoldi, University of Padua, Italy
Yanick Courbois, University of Lille, France
Jean-Louis Paour, University of Provence, France
Ursula Scharnhorst, University of Geneva, Suisse

Local committee
Fredi Buechel
Koviljka Barisnikov
Graciela Depraetere
Manuela Ghilardi
Marco Hessels
Delphine Rinaldi
Ursula Scharnhorst
Christine Schlatter

 

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Organization of the Conference

As the first and second conference organized in Aix-en-Provence in 1996 and 1998, this third conference will take place over three days. To guarantee a high quality of exchanges the number of participants is deliberately limited to about sixty persons at the most. Preference will be given to participants whose early registration has been received before May 31, 2000, and to researchers whose contributions have been accepted by the scientific committee.

The conference is structured by five types of activities: Two invited addresses presented by international experts, two state of the art lectures, oral presentations with in-depth discussion, poster sessions, and workshops.

Oral presentations will be 30 minutes. In order to permit a detailed and useful discussion, 10 minutes are reserved to this purpose.

The conference language is English. Limitation to one common language will facilitate the communication between participants of different countries. The scientific committee invites speakers and poster presenters to complete their abstract by a summary in French.

The documentation delivered to participants at the conference desk will include a booklet containing abstracts of invited addresses, state of the art lectures, oral presentations, and posters, as well as a certificate of attendance. The conference program will be distributed in advance on internet.

 

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Invited Addresses

Jean A. Rondal
Language in mental retardation: Individual differences, syndromic and neurogenetic variation.

Jean A. Rondal is a full professor of Psychology, Psycholinguistics, and Logopedics at the University of Liège, Belgium. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in Linguistics at Sorbonne, he was a post doctoral student at Harvard University, and a professor at the Universities of Minnesota (Minneapolis), Laval (Québec City), Hawaï (Honolulu, Manoa), Poitiers, and Strasbourg (France). He is author of approximately 300 articles and journal publications in specialized international reviews, and of approximately 40 books in the domains of developmental psychology, developmental psycholinguistics, and patholinguistics.

Rondal, J.A.(1995). Exceptional language development in Down syndrome: Implications for the cognition-language issue. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

Rondal, J.A., & Seron, X. (1985). Troubles du langage. Bruxelles: Mardaga.

Rondal, J.A., & Comblain, A. (Eds.), (i.p.). Manuel de Psychologie des Handicaps. Bruxelles: Mardaga.

 

Ralph P. Ferretti
Designing learning environments that promote the development of people with disabilities.

Ralph P. Ferretti is a professor at the University of Delaware, Department of Educational Studies. His main research interests are: Cognitive psychology, cognitive development and disabilities, problem solving, instruction, and special educational technology. In mental retardation, his work on memory, problem solving and transfer of training is well known.

Ferretti, R.P. (1998). Multimedia Design Projects in an Inclusive Social Studies Classroom: "Sometimes People Argue with Words Instead of Fists". Teaching Exceptional Children, 31,2, 50-57.

Ferretti, R.P., & Cavalier, A.R. (1991). Constraints on the problem solving of persons with mental retardation. In N.W. Bray (Ed.), International Review of research in mental retardation (Vol. 17, pp. 153-192). San Diego, Cal.: Academic Press.

Butterfield, E.C., & Ferretti, R.P. (1984). Some Extensions of the Instructional Approach to the Study of Cognitive Development and a Sufficient Condition for Transfer of Training. In P. H. Brooks, R. Sperber, & C. McCauley (Eds.), Learning and Cognition in the Mentally Retarded (pp. 311-332). Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum.

 

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State of the Art in Special Domains

Cognitive development in the mentally retarded with a special emphasis of the Piagetian approach.
Jean-Louis Paour
University of Provence
Aix-en-Provence, France

Learning and metacognition in the mentally retarded. The question of contextualisation.
Fredi Buechel & Ursula Scharnhorst
University of Geneva
Geneva,Switzerland

 

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General Information on Proposals

Individual papers, posters, and workshops must address some aspect of the field of psychological analysis of mental retardation. They should also relate to issues of educational or psychological application.

Individual papers, posters:
They consist of empirical or experimental reports, or syntheses of some special research field. Both oral and poster presentations must include the following: research question and hypotheses, method, results, discussion of results and educational/psychological relevance.

Workshops:
For a more detailed presentation of special research or educational/psychological methods, workshops of 40 or 60 minutes may be suggested. Workshops will be held in parallel sessions, and participants have to choose one or two of them in advance. Workshops will be scheduled at the beginning of the first and second evening.

 

How to Submit Proposals

Proposals for individual papers, posters, and workshops should be submitted in English (max. 4 pages, format A-4), together with a 100-word abstract. Please, also add an abstract in French.

Proposals must include a title (in capitals, boldface letters), name(s) and institutional affiliation of the author(s), theoretical context, method, results, educational / psychological implications and three or four major references.

Font type: Times or Times New Roman 12 pts, full justification paragraphs; line spacing 1,5; left margin 3 cm; right margin 2 cm; no page numbers; format A-4. Please don't use tabulators.

Please send 4 copies of your proposal plus an electronic version with text in RTF-format, either as an attached e-mail document (preferred) or as an IBM compatible diskette to:

Psychological Theory and Research on Mental Retardation
Third European Conference
Prof. Fredi Buechel
Faculty of Psychology and Education
Geneva University UNI MAIL
40, bd. du Pont d'Arve
CH - 1205 Geneva
Switzerland

Deadline for paper proposals was April 15, 2000. Acceptance of paper proposals will be confirmed no later than May 15, 2000.

Deadline for poster proposals is May 31, 2000. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed no later than June 15, 2000. The preliminary conference program will be published by June 30, 2000.

 

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Registration and Lodging

The conference will be held in the new building of UNI MAIL which is the main site of the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Geneva. Uni Mail is located in the center of Geneva near the hotels and other accommodations. Hotel reservations can be made through the tourist office of Geneva.

The early registration fee (before May 31, 2000) will be Swiss Francs 200.--, and Swiss Francs 120.-- for students (please add a copy of your student card). The regular registration fee (after May 31, 2000) is Swiss Francs 300.--, and Swiss Francs 200.-- for students. It includes full participation at the conference (papers, poster sessions and workshops), conference documentation including abstracts of all presentations, as well as coffee breaks.

Please send your registration form to the address below. We will send a confirmation and a preliminary program. Early registration fees must be paid before May 31, regular registration fees before June 30, 2000. Cancelled registrations are refunded to 70% until one week before the conference.

 

Send your early registration and proposal to:

Psychological Theory and Research on Mental Retardation
Third European Conference
Prof. Fredi Buechel
Faculty of Psychology and Education
Geneva University UNI MAIL
40, bd. du Pont d'Arve
CH - 1205 Geneva
Switzerland

 

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For further information please contact us:

phone:
fax:
e-mail:
+41 22 705 9384
+41 22 705 9369
ptrmr@pse.unige.ch

Important Dates (2000)

Deadline for proposals:
Notice about acceptance of paper proposal:
Notice about acceptance of poster proposal:
Early registration:
Regular registration:
April 15
June 15
May 15
May 31
June 30

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