As part of our mission to expand the conversations among engineering education researchers, SEE Co-Editors Shane Brown and Marie Paretti invite papers for a special issue of the journal exploring theories, methods, and the interplay between them in our field from a variety of perspectives. As an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of education, social sciences, and education, engineering education often borrows and adapts frameworks and methods from other fields to guide our research. In this special issue, we invite authors to deepen our conversation around these practices by bringing a critical lens to them. Questions to consider might include the following: How do we as a field use theories, and to what end? How do we choose methods, and what are the implications of those choices? What are the relationships between theory and method in our work?
In addressing these and other pertinent questions about theory and/or method, submissions to the special issue might include the following types of papers:
Literature reviews that examine and interrogate the theoretical frameworks and/or research methods used in the field - either broadly or around specific issues - to both understand and critique our approaches;
Empirical articles that provide analytic reflections on the choices made around theory and/or method selections for a given project, and the implications of those choices for both the project and the field;
Theoretical articles that invite us to re-examine the research culture in our field as it pertains to theories and methods to consider both what they accomplish and what they miss or hinder.
If you have an idea for paper and would like to explore whether it fits within the scope of this special issue, please contact the SEE editors; we would be happy to talk with you.
Abstracts Due Jan 15, 2020
We ask authors to review the abstract guidelines on the journal website. However, because the call invites a range of approaches and because these abstracts will be reviewed to invite full papers, abstracts may be up to 750 words (rather than the usual 300-word limit) and may adapt the abstract structure as needed to fit the proposed paper. Submit your abstract through the journal's submission system (in the Abstract section), but with no attached file - the abstract is sufficient. If the abstract is accepted, you will be able to use this same submission to upload the full manuscript.
Full Manuscripts Due June 1, 2020
Full manuscripts will be sent out for peer review, with reviews returned to authors in September 2020.
Final Manuscripts Due Nov. 15, 2020
Accepted manuscripts will be published online as soon as they are ready, with the full issue closing when all articles are published.
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