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Call for Manuscripts

The editors of the Middle Grades Review are pleased to announce a call for the next three issues. 

Issue 8(1):Open Call 

Submission Date: January 15, 2022, Anticipated Publication Date: April, 2022

Middle Grades Review  provides a provocative forum for debate within the field of middle grades education. Inviting a critical perspective, the Review is a peer-reviewed, multi-media venue for scholars and practitioners who wish to broaden the discourse of middle grades education by challenging conventional wisdom. In this general issue, the Review seeks pieces that explore the three key themes of democratic education, innovation, and social justice, in relation to middle grades education and early adolescence

Issue 8(2):Theme Issue: Educating Teachers and Young Adolescents in the COVID Pandemic 

Submission Date: May 15, 2022, Anticipated Publication Date: August, 2022

In August of 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Middle Grades Review  published a theme issue that powerfully conveyed the status of middle grades education during this challenging time. With this issue, slated to be published exactly two years later, we invite manuscripts that examine how middle grades teacher educators, teachers, and learners teaching and learning have persisted in this context. Review encourages a wide array of submissions, including those that explore the impact of the pandemic on middle grades teacher or student populations; the roles middle grades teacher education programs and professional development organizations have played during this time; how educational policies or school structures have been adapted or adopted in response to the pandemic; and much more. Authors should state in their cover letter that their manuscript is for this special theme issue.

Issue 8(3):Open Call 

Submission Date: September 15, 2022, Anticipated Publication Date: December, 2022

Middle Grades Review  provides a provocative forum for debate within the field of middle grades education. Inviting a critical perspective, the Review is a peer-reviewed, multi-media venue for scholars and practitioners who wish to broaden the discourse of middle grades education by challenging conventional wisdom. In this general issue, the Review seeks pieces that explore the three key themes of democratic education, innovation, and social justice, in relation to middle grades education and early adolescence

Types of Submission

1. Essays pose opinion, positing or discussing theory, and/or offering critique (under 3000 words, excluding references). Using an academic tone, essays take a stance on a specific topic, issue, conceptual framework or policy to bring a new perspective. Essays call for readers to act and think anew.

 

2. Research and Inquiry are reports of original research that represent any paradigm or methodology (under 7500 words, excluding references). Although not required, the Review prioritizes inquiry that involves middle grades students in at least one of the following ways: as participants, consultants or co-researchers.

 

 3. Practitioner Perspectives are accounts of teacher and/or student practice (under 3000 words, excluding references). Practitioner perspectives discuss practices grounded in relevant literature and research. They describe implementation through personal experience, share observations and/or findings, and consider the implications of such practices.

 

 4. Responses are brief responses to previous articles in any of the above three categories. Responses should stimulate debate in the middle grades community by extending the original manuscript’s content, or by presenting an opposing interpretation or perspective (under 2000 words, excluding references).

Because the Review is an online venue, authors are encouraged to include digital media that support the manuscript. These include links to other sites, embedded audio and/or visual, and visual representations of student work or other data. Submissions must not have not been previously published, nor should they be under review elsewhere.  All manuscripts are written in APA format, 7th edition. Submissions first undergo editorial review. If found suitable, manuscripts are then peer-reviewed by university faculty, middle level education researchers, and middle grades teachers.