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May 6, 2016

Invitation to Call for Proposals_MRW Springer

Posting this on behalf of a colleague…

Call for Proposals

Systems Thinking and Change in Education: (A Springer Major Reference Work)

Do you work on changing education? Do you employ a perspective where systems thinking (linear or non-linear) describes causes and effects impacting education contexts? A new online Major Reference Work (MRW) co-sponsored by AECT and Springer entitled Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice and Policy has been launched covering topics concerning research and practice related to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning environments, instructional systems, and performance technologies. This is an ongoing effort with an evolving collection of contributions that are peer reviewed. Because the MRW is online, substantive contributions longer than a typical journal article are encouraged (e.g., 7,000 to 17,000 words), and contributions can include interactive elements and can be modified by authors as new findings become available.

The Systems Thinking and Change Volume is one of 16 Volumes. We specifically seek to update and explore Systems Thinking and Change Thinking for scholars and practitioners in education contexts with a desire to have more in-depth studies and reports that can include interactive multimedia. This MRW Volume will feature theory, focused studies and reports with rich descriptions and illustrations of one or more cases and studies, as well as meta-analyses and conceptual frameworks and analytic treatment of persistent issues. Expanded works previously published that incorporate additional findings, works that synthesize findings across several studies, and in-depth reports of evaluations and policy analyses are especially sought. All contributions will be peer-reviewed and will receive much wider dissemination than is possible in a typical journal publication.

We are seeking proposals by May 15, 2016 in (or beyond) the following 4 content categories:

A. Systems Thinking in General
a. Thinking about Systems – an update
i. Philosophical, epistemological approaches
b. Systems Theories in General – an update

B. Systems Approaches/Frameworks in Education
a. Critical Systems Theory
b. Educology
c. Complexity or Chaos Theory
d. Cultural Perspectives on Systems Thinking

C. Systems Thinking Applications in Education
a. Design Thinking
b. The Learner-Centered Paradigm
c. Cases and Examples in Education Contexts (K-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government)
i. Product or Program designs, applications, practices

D. Change Thinking and Change Leadership in Education Systems
a. Change or innovation theory in educational systems (K-12, HE, Industry, Government).
b. Systemic change: Processes, principles and practices
c. Change Issues or Imperatives: (educational technology, leadership, policy, economics, culture, philosophy or other perspectives)
d. System Design Thinking (i.e.: course, program, team, project, institutional change)
e. Applications and Interventions for Change
i. Integrated Education
ii. Systems Change Protocols
f. Cases and Examples of systemic change in education (K-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government)

We solicit your (300 word maximum) proposals for substantial works up to 7000 words. Please identify the content category (above) and organize your proposal using the following headings in outline format:

(1) Objectives of the piece
(2) Key Literature or theoretical frames involved;
(3) Methods or Methodology;
(4) Results, Outcomes or Impacts (frameworks, theory, practices, approaches, guidelines).

Please submit your proposals in Word format to Dr. Eugene G. Kowch, Section Editor: ekowch@ucalgary.ca by May 15, 2017.

Key Dates:

 April 15, 2016: Call for Proposals
 May 15, 2016: Deadline for Proposal Submission (300 words max)
 May 30, 2016: Notification of invitation to submit an elaborated/revised proposal (outline)
 June 20, 2016: Deadline for Elaborated/Revised Proposal Submission
 June 30, 2016: Notification of Accepted Proposal (outline)
 October 30, 2016: Deadline for Chapter Submission
 December 15, 2016: Request for revisions based on peer review
 January 30, 2017: Deadline for Revised Manuscript
 July, 2017: Publication

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