Call for Guest Editor for Special Issue

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Call for Guest Editor: Special Issue in research methods in educational research

International Journal of Research & Method in Education

15 November 2021

About the Role

Would you like to edit a special issue on expressive research methods – or on methods and theory – or do you have another idea for a special issue in research methods in educational research?

The International Journal of Research & Method in Education is inviting potential guest editors to submit a proposal for a Special Issue to be published in 2024. We are particularly interested to receive proposals from people interested in guest editing an issue on one of these 2 themes: Methods of expressive or participant-produced data


The intersection of developing/employing research methods and thinking with theory

But also

We are interested if you have a different theme that you would like to apply to edit and that you would like to propose to us.

Potential guest editors should submit a proposal of no longer than three pages covering the ways the theme will be addressed in the special issue. The proposal should include the proposed title of the special issue, its aims, distinctive approach, potential contributors to be approached in eliciting submission of papers for peer review, and how they will achieve coherence with the papers. Editors will need to be well positioned to write an editorial that provides a ‘state of play’ introduction to the theme of the issue. If selected, they will be responsible for promoting submissions, nominating peer reviewers and evaluating papers and reviews in accordance with journal guidelines. They will liaise with the editorial board and reviews editors, and ensure delivery of the final manuscript, on time, for the production team.

If applying to edit an issue based on the theme, expressive or participant-produced methods, the applicant should include a range of approaches and methodological issues. It could include for example the notion of looking at methods which either use "found" objects that participants have made, or research designed or co-designed objects that participants made independently. Issues the papers could look at include encompassing affect and expression, and questions of knowledges and epistemic justice. For example, how does "stuff" that children make allow us to understand their experiences? How far can we take our interpretations of their "stuff"? Does the "stuff' steer us in any particular direction (as in vibrant matter)? Do we need to ask for their interpretations? How do we put together this "stuff" with other data e.g. survey, school docs, observations interviews etc.? How do we approach and understand (and sometimes just store!) the stuff that we ask participants to produce?  How do we balance empowering versus overworking participants? (diaries often fall down because we are asking too much of participants). How do we manage multiple layers of agenda and expectations from researchers and participants?

If applying to edit an issue based on the theme of the intersection of research methods and theory, the applicant should address, or problematise, what the word 'theory' is being taken to mean. This may need to be specified in the call for papers, otherwise there is a danger that the resulting set of papers will not be very coherent. Are there papers that can help doctorate students that often get stuck in questions about the ‘ologies’ and implications for their methods? The call should include qualitative and quantitative specific issues, but also mixed methods. Even just within quantitative approaches there are theoretical issues that are rarely discussed (e.g. measurement versus description, the ‘real’ nature of latent variables, what is the sample vs. population when generalising, and so on). The reductionist approach that we often see in quantitative research is dominating in some fields. We welcome a SI that brings the conceptual concerns back to methodological considerations.

Interested in submitting a proposal?

Proposals should be submitted by email attachment to editors [email protected] & [email protected] by Monday 15th November 2021, and accompanied by a brief CV for the lead guest editor.

The successful proposal will be selected by the Editorial Board in November, and the Call for papers will need to go out in January 2022 for a deadline of May 2022.  Final versions of submissions will need to be completed by February 2023.

The International Journal of Research & Method in Education is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that draws contributions from a wide community of international researchers. Contributions are expected to develop and further international discourse in educational research with a particular focus on method and methodological issues. The journal welcomes papers engaging with methods from within a qualitative or quantitative framework, or from frameworks which cut across and or challenge this duality. Papers should not solely focus on the practice of education; there must be a contribution to methodology.