Call for Extended Abstracts ("Exposés") - Deadline Extended: 11 July 2021

Issue 2/2022: International Perspectives on Primary Education

Dear authors, dear colleagues,

The editorial board of Zeitschrift für Grundschulforschung - Journal for Primary Education Research (double-blind peer review) invites researchers to submit their research articles related to the topic “International Perspectives on Primary Education” for issue 2/2022 (Autumn 2022).

International comparisons of primary and elementary education in schools and kindergartens have increasingly become the focus of interest in educational research in recent years. Contributing factors are the increasing number of emerging international school performance studies and the attention paid to internationally shared challenges, such as designing inclusive learning environments or the management of digital learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

An international comparative perspective necessitates an increased awareness of the structural, institutional, curricular, and professional specifics of primary and elementary education in the respective nations or areas studied. These specifics include but are not limited to the historical development, the existing control mechanisms and their effects on variants of educational and pedagogical processes in the institutional and non-institutional primary and elementary sector. In Germany, for example, the federally organised administration of the education sector is just as much a national distinction as the professional, structural, institutional and curricular difference between primary schools, kindergartens and secondary schools. Accordingly, exploring national differences opens up a wealth of knowledge in comparative studies, which can point out and contextualise regional knowledge about primary and elementary education and put it into a global perspective.
In order to understand and classify national distinctions of primary and elementary education, research examining parallels and differences, convergences and divergences, simultaneous and non-contemporaneous developments, as well as transcultural and transnational effects establishes new, internationally shared contexts.

As this thematic issue covers a broad spectrum, we welcome research of all methodological approaches. However, all contributions should be comparative and compatible with international standards of knowledge acquisition and interpretation. In addition to synchronic-comparative research interests, the articles can also contain diachronic-comparative aspects and analyse different geographical, regional, national, social and cultural spaces and times. Possible examples of research questions are:

▪ Comparison of professionalisation processes and standards of pedagogical staff in primary and elementary education
▪ Comparison of the actors involved in the field of primary and elementary education from different angles (including parents and children), their positions, alliances and their expectations/pattern of ideas and action patterns
▪ Comparison of the individually and collectively addressed teaching and learning styles, routines and learning environments of elementary and primary education in institutional and non-institutional spaces
▪ Comparison of educational, learning, support and diagnostic tools and media in primary and elementary education
▪ Comparison of learning outcomes
▪ Comparison of circulating historical and/or current patterns and forms of reflection as well as discourse logics in primary and elementary education, including the knowledge stocks they generate, e.g. about children, parents or effects of learning and education
▪ Comparison of preferred questions, research formats, and methods as well as thematic educational research foci

We would be delighted to receive your extended abstract (“Exposé”) of relevant original articles, review papers, and discussion contributions on the topic of “International Perspectives on Primary Education” via Editorial Manager by 11 July 2021. All extended abstracts will be discussed among the editorial board members. The extended abstracts serve as a basis for the compilation of the issue. If the topic of your intended paper is selected, please submit your manuscript for double-blind peer review to the editorial office by 31 October.

With kind regards
on behalf of the editors
Georg Breidenstein
Margarete Götz
Michaela Vogt

You can download the complete Call for Extended Abstracts ("Exposés) here