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Action in Teacher Education - Call for Thematic Issue
(Submission Deadline:
February 1, 2006)


Action in Teacher Education

Call for Thematic Issue

Teaching for Democracy

Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer 2006

Guest Edited

Karen Embry Jenlink, Ed.D.

St. Edward's University

Patrick M. Jenlink, Ed.D.

Stephen F. Austin State University

In a democratic society, few would argue against the idea that the central purpose of schools is to foster advanced citizenship; to perpetuate and secure the future of that democracy; and to sustain the ethic of social justice, equity, caring, and freedom toward ensuring the rights, hopes, and success of all children. In this issue, we wish to explore a variety of issues related to the responsibility of both teachers and teacher educators for ensuring democratic practices, fostering citizenship, and enabling teachers to respond to issues of social justice in diverse educational settings. Some questions that occur to us are:

  • What is the role of teacher education in a democratic society?
  • What are the responsibilities of teachers and teacher educators in citizenship preparation?
  • What does current theory and research say concerning the imperative of teaching for democracy and democratic teaching?

·       How can the curriculum and instruction of teacher preparation programs promote an understanding of the issues of democratic practice in relation to issues of social justice and diversity?

·       What is the responsibility of schools and colleges of education to prepare teachers who are critical, embrace a critical pedagogy, and take a critical stance as related to teaching for democracy?

  • What are the policy needs of schools and colleges with respect to the preparation and practice of teachers who take a stand on democratic teaching, social justice, and diversity?
  • What is the relationship of teaching for democracy to the political and pedagogical tensions created for diverse populations in an era of standards and accountability and concerning federal policy like NCLB?
  • How can teacher preparation and practice address diversity issues including gender, social justice, equity, multiculturalism, ethnic diversity, and language diversity in contexts of teacher preparation and practice?
Timeline for Submissions

The timeline for receipt of submissions for the special issue, Teaching for Democracy, is February 1, 2006. All submissions should adhere to the manuscript preparation guidelines set for the special issue of Action in Teacher Education.  

Contact. Inquires concerning submissions  should be directed to Karen Embry Jenlink, Dean, School of Education, St. Edward's University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704-6489. (Phone: 512-448-8655, Fax: 512.428.1372, E-mail:

Author Guidelines—Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Action in Teacher Education uses a blind peer reviewed process to review submissions. All submissions will be reviewed by the Guest Editors prior to an external blind review. Authors should submit manuscripts that focus on the theme set for the special issue. Authors should review the following guidelines prior to preparation and submission of a manuscript.

Manuscript submission. Manuscripts should be submitted in hard copy (3 copies) and soft copy on disk in Microsoft Word (6.0 or more recent version, Mac or PC) (including text files and files for tables or other graphics). All files, including cover page, title page, abstract (50-159 words) and biographical sketch page (50-75 words), manuscript, tables, figures, etc. should be included on the disk. Submit all materials to Karen Embry Jenlink, Dean, School of Education, St. Edward's University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704-6489.

Commitment to publish. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Action in Teacher Education editorial policy requires that submissions received have not been previously published and are not under simultaneous consideration elsewhere.

Manuscript. Manuscripts should be submitted on 81/2” X 11” white paper, entirely double-spaced. Use a standard font style/size of Times New Roman 12 or Times 12. Margins should be one (1) inch and header/footer should be (.5) half inch. All manuscripts should be 20 double-spaced pages in length and follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 5th edition.

Transmittal page. A separate page for transmittal purposes, with all authorsÂ’ names and affiliations, current addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, biographical sketches (50-75 words) should accompany the manuscript materials submitted. 

Title page. A separate title page should accompany the manuscript. The title of the manuscript should be concise and reflect the topic/contents of the manuscript. The title page should include the title of the manuscript as well as the contributing author(s) name, affiliations, highest professional degrees.

Abstract. A separate abstract page should follow the title page. The abstract page should include the title of the manuscript, followed by an abstract (50-150 words) that clearly summarize the salient points of the article.

Citations and references. All citations in text should conform to APA 5th edition guidelines and contain relevant and required information. All references should appear at the end of the manuscript, with complete information including volume/issue numbers, page numbers (articles, chapters, etc.), URL addresses, etc. as designated by APA. 

Figures, tables, graphics. Figures, tables, graphics, etc. should conform to APA 5th Edition. Number each in sequence, using Arabic and supply a heading. Provide a list for each on a separate page(s). All figures, tables, graphics, etc. should fit within the published margins of the journal page. A soft file for each should be provided. When and where a software application different from the word-processing software for the manuscript, designate the application by name, version, and type of platform used.

Endnotes. Authors should use endnotes only when essential. Endnotes should be placed at the end of the manuscript, following the final paragraph of text, but preceding the reference list.

Headings. Headings should be structured throughout the text. Normally no more than two-three subheadings are used. A brief running head with pagination should be placed in upper right corner of the manuscript within the header.

Author References. All author reference should be deleted from the paper as required for a blind review. In the event that the manuscript author cites her/his own work, then "author" should be substituted for the name of the actual author name. A separate list of author references should be included with the submission.

Manuscript return. Manuscripts (including hard copies and disk copy) submitted to the Guest Editors for consideration will not be returned to the contributing author(s).



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