Special Issue call for papers from New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies – Te Hautaka Mātai Mātauranga

Theme: Learning Environments research innovations: Policy, practice, philosophies

Guest editors:
Dr Suzanne Trask, University of Waikato, strask@waikato.ac.nz
Dr Elaine Khoo, University of Waikato, elaine.khoo@waikato.ac.nz

National and international interest in learning environments research (LE) has been increasing. Current New Zealand developments in innovative learning spaces (ILE) involving multidisciplinary collaborations such as those between architecture and education, are influencing our understandings of teaching, learning and assessment practices.

As a result of this interest, the NZARE Learning Environments SIG was formed in November 2018. The SIG provides a forum for ideas and development of shared research interests and collaborative research networks. The SIG aims to support publication of high-quality LE research that informs policy and professional practice. The SIG hosted a successful one-day symposium in October 2019 with the theme of Learning Environments research innovations: Policy, practice, philosophies.

This Special Issue with the same theme in New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies (NZJES) addresses this aim. Contributions are invited from researchers and practitioners of learning environments across physical, pedagogical, social, cultural, leadership and digital/technological aspects.

Submissions to the Special Issue are invited on work-in-progress and/or research outcomes on topics such as:

  • Policy development and trends in LE practice across educational sectors
  • Philosophical/theoretical approaches guiding LE practice
  • Pedagogy, curriculum and assessment across formal and informal learning environments
  • Creative/interactive spaces e.g. makerspaces, museums
  • Design of physical learning spaces
  • Cultural aspects relevant to LE
  • Digitally supported teaching-learning spaces
  • Methodological issues in LE research
  • Evaluation of teaching and learning in LE
  • Multidisciplinary initiatives between disciplines such as architecture and education impacting on LE teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Articles should be no more than 7000 words in length and must adhere to the Submission guidelines.

Initial proposals (title, authors, 4-6 keywords, abstract of no more than 300 words) are to be submitted by email to the guest editors by 20 March. Authors will be advised of acceptance by 31 March with full papers due by 15 July. The expected publication date is 20 December.

See below for the full timeline:

20 March 2020

Email proposals to guest editors (title, authors, 4-6 keywords, abstract of no more than 300 words)

31 March 2020

Authors advised of outcome of proposal

15 July 2020

Full papers due to be submitted. Manuscripts are required to be uploaded to Editorial Manager. Authors should first read the ‘Instructions for authors’ before submitting. Please include a note with your submission stating that your manuscript is for the Special Issue on Learning Environments.

August, September 2020


30 September 2020

Reviews returned to authors

October 2020


November 2020

Finalising including final reviews of all articles

1 December 2020

Send issue for production

Please contact the guest editors for any inquiries with this Special Issue.