Preparing a Proposal

If you are interested in editing(with one or more others) an issue on a theme relating to learner development, we would love to hear from you about your ideas and interests.

1. Possible themes for a future issue of the journal might include:

  • action research
  • assessment
  • content-based learning
  • creativity
  • critical literacy
  • digital literacy
  • globalization
  • international communities of learners
  • learner autonomy
  • learner development outside of formal education
  • learner emotion
  • learners as researchers
  • motivation
  • multilingualism
  • reflection
  • self-access
  • …,

all of which have been mentioned by LD members as potentially interesting areas to research and explore together.

2. You are welcome to propose other learner development themes too.

3. We are especially interested in practitioner research, student participatory research, and co-authored works.

4. If your proposal were accepted, the next step would be to prepare a Call for Papers.

5. The overall aim would be to bring together a group of contributors (6-10 papers, book reviews, interviews, and so on) to collaborate under your leadership as co-editors.

6. Contributors would work with each other to read and respond to one another’s work during the research and writing process.

7. For further details about what to put in your proposal, see below.

8. If you have any questions or would like to check any details with us, please feel free to contact us by using the contact form on this site.

Guidelines: Please follow these guidelines in putting together your proposal.

1. Your first name and family name

2. Your email address

3. You are a Learner Development SIG member: Yes/No

4. Where you live (place, country)

5. Your role in this proposed issue (co-editor/contributor/undecided)

(a) If co-editor, the person you have in mind as the joint editor is:

(b) If contributor, the person(s) you have in mind as co-editor(s) is/are:

6. Explain in about 300-500 words what the theme is that you are proposing and why this theme would be (a) interesting and (b) important for Learner Development SIG members. Include also example questions, problems or puzzles that you and the other contributors would be interested in exploring, and why.

7. Explain how you imagine the shared exploration by contributors will be realized (for example, face-to-face meetings, local get-together discussions, Skype, email).

8. List the contributors (if known at this point) for particular parts of the issue, namely (a) 6-10 papers, (b) review(s) of key texts, (c) an interview with a key teacher/researcher in the field, and (d) introduction and conclusion written by the issue editor(s) providing an overview and context to the whole collection of work.

9. Any problems or difficulties that you anticipate

10. Any questions or concerns you have about the practice, process or production of an issue of the journal.

Note: You do not need to put yourself forward as co-editor in order to make a proposal for an issue of The Learner Development Journal. It may be that you are keenly interested in a particular theme to do with learner development and that you would like to see if your interest is shared by others.

Many thanks in advance – we’re looking forward to hearing from you.