Teaching Under Attack: Call for Articles

Call for articles:
The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy


The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words) and items for an occasional feature, “The Material Culture of Teaching,” which offer historical perspectives on pedagogy or examine material practices/artifacts of pedagogy.

This issue will shift attention from our usual focus on pedagogy to pay attention to the situation of teachers and teaching. We seek research-based articles on how teachers at all levels are experiencing and responding to the current climate of hostility toward education in the United States, and how attacks on teachers and teaching have been addressed currently and in the past, in the US and in other places. How and why are teachers “under attack” from, among other things, politicians, policy-makers, corporations, and particular discourses about education? We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Inquiries welcome.

New deadline: Jan 3, 2012

Send submissions or inquiries in MLA format (7th ed.) as attachments in MS Word or Rich Text format to: Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors, transformations@njcu.edu OR send a hard copy to:

New Jersey City University
Hepburn Hall Room 309
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page.

For submission guidelines go to www.njcu.edu/assoc/transformations

Possible topics for articles:
• The economics of teaching (teaching in a recession; being a teacher in a recession)
• The privatization of teaching (charter schools, vouchers)
• The politics of educational “reform” (testing, funding, local, state, public policies, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, etc.)
• Stakeholders’ roles (teachers, parents, students, communities, employers)
• “Failing” schools vs. “Successful” schools
• Teaching in public vs. private institutions
• Corporate involvement in education
• Liberal arts vs. vocational education
• Politicization of content (i.e., what’s included or excluded in textbooks, curricula, syllabi)
• Restructuring education (the elimination or reconfiguring of departments, programs, student services)
• Race, class, gender, and ethnicity and education (i.e. the politicization of “ethnic studies”)
• Education’s relationship to other political issues (e.g. immigration and the Dream Act)
• Home schooling
• Teaching activism
• Teaching future educators
• Freedom schools
• Teach for America and other teacher training programs
• Academic freedom and its history
• Teaching or not teaching to the test
• Attacks on unions

Your comments are welcome. They must be relevant to the topic at hand and must not contain advertisements, degrade others, or violate laws or considerations of privacy. We encourage the use of your real name, but do not prohibit pseudonyms as long as you don’t impersonate a real person.