Curriculum in Context Information

Curriculum in Context (CIC) is WSASCD’s award winning eJournal featuring articles on timely issues for all members.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Spring/Summer 2018 Issue

Spring Edition Deadline: March 15, 2018

Theme: Innovative Approaches to School and Learning

The spring issue of Curriculum in Context will focus on innovations in education and/or non-traditional school concepts. How are educators using engaging strategies that are project-, problem- or place-based? How are schools rethinking the idea of what it means to educate? How are hundred-years-old traditional conceptions of schools being challenged? How are we helping our students to cultivate vital 21st century skills such as critical thinking and the ability to collaborate, work independently and learn from feedback? These questions exemplify some but not all of the important pieces that may signify writing for this theme. Related topics under this theme that may contribute to the conversation include:

  • Innovative school design        • STEAM or STEM education
  • Project-based learning            • Design Thinking
  • Problem-based learning          • Inquiry-based education
  • Place-based learning               • Experiential learning

John Dewey in 1938 and Paulo Freire in 1970 published thoughts on re-imagining what it means to educate. Dewey argued for a “progressive” approach to education because he criticized the “traditional”, which he likened to the “acquisition of what already is incorporated in books and in the heads of the elders” (19). Both writers argued that for critical thinking to happen in the classroom, a democratic framework must be in place so that students feel empowered to explore, to enter in discussion and debate, to experience that which speaks to where they are. Further, Freire contended that, “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world and with each other” (2000, p. 72).

Pockets of classrooms and schools all over Washington State are challenging the traditional notion of schooling. WS ASCD readers would like to learn from these examples. Curriculum in Context is accepting articles that address Innovative Approaches to School and Learning. Please consider submitting a manuscript on this topic to Dr. Doreen Keller (dkeller@whitworth.edu). Potential articles submitted for the Learn section should be a current book review between 500 and 750 words and should include the APA reference for the book. Manuscripts for the Teach and Lead sections should be between 850 and 2500 words, focus on either the classroom (i.e., teacher) perspective or the leadership perspective, and include citations written in APA format.

References

Dewey, John. (1938) Experience and Education. New York. Touchstone.

Freire, Paulo (2000) Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th anniversary edition. New York:

Continuum Publishing Company.

Submission Guidelines for Curriculum in Context 

  1. Manuscripts will be published in one of the three sections of Curriculum in Context: Learn, Teach, or Lead.
  2. Potential articles submitted for the Learn section should be a current book review between 500 and 750 words and should include the APA reference for the book and send to the editor, Doreen Keller, Ed.D. dkeller@whitworth.edu
  3. Manuscripts for the new Teach and Lead sections should be between 850 and 2500 words, focus on either the classroom (i.e., teacher) perspective or the leadership perspective, and include citations written in APA format.
  4. Submit the article as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format.
  5. Authors of accepted articles will be asked to provide a digitized photograph and a 2-3 sentence biographical introduction, including where they are presently employed.
  6. To facilitate the editing of your article, attend to the following:
    1.   Proof your paper carefully; a professional manuscript should be free of typographical, spelling, and obvious grammatical errors.
    2.   Use headings and indented paragraph breaks to help the reader track your line of argument. (Use a single return between paragraphs.)
    3.   Your reference list should include only sources that are directly mentioned in your article.
    4.   For a guide concerning citations in the text and reference lists, refer to the enclosed handout, which is based on APA formatting guidelines.
    5.   Here is a brief list of things to remember while drafting your article
    6. Try to write as concisely as possible, eliminating unnecessary words or phrases.
    7. Use plenty of real-world examples to illustrate your arguments.
    8. Avoid “academic” sounding verbiage when possible. When you do use a technical term, or acronym briefly explain it in a phrase or sentence.
    9. Avoid the passive voice (i.e. “It will be argued here that…” as opposed to simply saying “I will argue here…”).
    10. Strive for gender-inclusiveness in language (i.e. “him or her” or a relatively even sprinkling of “him’s” and “her’s”).
    11. Use headings (see above) and transitional sentences to maximize the logical flow of your article.

 CiCtext is edited according to guidelines established by the Associated Press. Here is a brief list of small items that will make our editing task easier:

  1. Do not capitalize position titles of persons named in your article.
  2. Avoid unnecessary capitalization.
  3. Numbers one through nine should be written out; numbers 10 and above should be presented in numeral form.
  4. Single space after final punctuation including periods, colons, explanation marks, etc.