Call for Papers

The Institute for the Study of the African American Child (ISAAC) announces the launching of a new online journal, African American Learners (AAL). This Call for Papers invites the submission of original research findings from scholars and researchers in the various disciplines on the education of African American learners, past, present, and future.

African American Learners will be an online peer-reviewed, scholarly journal sponsored by ISAAC to present empirical, theoretical and methodological research and analysis of the home, school, and other environmental factors that impact the learning processes for African American children and adults. The AAL Journal is interested in publishing studies that examine the latest advances in pedagogical practices that have positively affected African American learners, including those theorized from an Africancentric perspective. Special features to be included in AAL issues will be scholarly essays, commentaries, curriculum and media reviews, and research briefs.

African American Learners values multiple sources of knowledge and approaches to educational processes, including qualitative (e.g., ethnographic, phenomenological, and case study), quantitative, and mixed-qualitative/quantitative studies. Research articles should also include classroom applications when appropriate. AAL seeks articles that foreground African American culture, cognition, learning styles, epistemologies, and performance in educational settings. While there is a large body of literature that is based on the perceived deficits and deficiencies of African American learners, AAL will highlight the educational methodologies and practices which focus on strengths and successful models of producing learning and social outcomes among African American children and adults.

The primary focus of the journal will be on pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. However, the journal will also be soliciting manuscripts on African American learners and higher education for special theme issues. Research articles will include classroom implications and applications.

African American Learners is published twice a year -- Fall and Spring. The Fall issue is published in October and the Spring issue is published in April. The Aims and Scope of the Journal as well as Submission Guidelines are posted on the ISAAC web site at Deadlines for submission are posted on the website.

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Marisha Humphies, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago

Erika Taylor
National Education Association

For more information contact:

Dr. Janice E. Hale
Professor of Early Childhood Education and Founding Director of ISAAC at Wayne State University
or 248 661-4339