Cambridge Journal of Education
Open Special Issue, Spring 2005: Call for Papers
Teachers’ Good Practice and Research
Editors: Donald McIntyre and Jean Rudduck
This is the first Open Special Issue that the Cambridge Journal of Education will publish. All submitted papers will be considered for publication on the same basis as for general issues and will be accepted subject to peer review by the Editors, with the additional criterion of relevance to the special theme.
How should we decide what is good practice in teaching in schools? Are we content to accept the official criteria of such bodies as OFSTED, the DfES and the TTA? Is it clear how these criteria are or should be arrived at? Can we instead argue for reliance upon individual teachers developing, through their own experience and reflection, their own personal views of good practice? What place should research play in this? Does it matter who does the research? Should research continue to be an optional extra in teachers’ work? Is teacher engagement in research critical to the development of better ideas of good practice? What kinds of teacher research are especially important for this purpose? Should different criteria be applied to such teacher research from those applied to research done by full-time researchers? What should schools be doing to facilitate teacher research? What conditions are necessary for schools to become the institutions which generate good practice in teaching and the knowledge necessary for defining and validating it?
It is with such issues as these that this Special Issue will be concerned. Empirical studies which illustrate possibilities and problems will be welcome. So too will be theoretical discussions of how such possibilities and problems can best be understood and investigated. Papers analysing the policy issues involved will also be welcome. Potential authors wishing to discuss possible ideas for papers are welcome to write to the Special Issue Editors at the address below.
Papers for this Special Issue should be submitted by 1 June 2004, either in hard copy or electronic format, to the contact below.
In the case of hard copy submissions, papers can only be considered if three complete copies of each manuscript are submitted. Papers should normally be 4000 to 6000 words in length and titles should give a clear indication of the focus of the paper. Each paper should be accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words.
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