Country reports – state of the art in theory and practice of social studies education in European countries (1-2020)


In this edition of JSSE we are interested to learn about the current state of social studies in Europe. We invite work that gives a documentary and descriptive overview over the current situation of civic, citizenship, economic, political and/or social education in a country (compare JSSE 2-2002, 1-2003, 2-2003). A report should refer to educational institutions and policies in these fields, the scholarly state of the art, and the education of the educators. The paper may include past developments, decisions, policies and events which shaped the present situation of social science education. It should be addressed to a European audience.

As a rule, a country report should, amongst others, analyse the broad domain of social science education in schools. What are the main goals and rationales from the perspective of subject didactics, subject methodology and from general didactics? What are the main challenges of the domain from a scholarly point of view? The paper should inform about curricular baselines, nationwide or regional timetables, key contents of syllabi or course schedules of relevant school subjects which may apply to different school types. Tables, diagrams and photos would be appreciated.

Styles of teaching and learning, methods in classroom practice, as found by lesson research or ethnography are also of high interest. Moreover, a report may deal with obligatory or eligible textbooks, teaching and learning material and the main producers of these items.

An exemplary portrait of key institutions in the field of social science education in the broadest sense would be appreciated, too. Furthermore, the readers would like to be informed about specific scholarly and teacher associations, their policies and impact, congresses and publication organs.

The report may go beyond the school and education system and describe extra-school field of civic, citizenship, political, social or economic education of the youth, of adults or of specific target groups. Moreover, the paper may inform about studies dealing with the political, social or economic awareness, attitudes and practices of the youth, teacher trainees, teachers or teacher educators.

The JSSE readers, of course, would like to be informed about the scholarly knowledge about all these issues like surveys, case studies, ethnographic descriptions, textbook analyses etc.

All kinds of visualisation are extremely welcome! The paper should be written in an informative, documentary style. Hyperlinks should offer the opportunity to go to websites in the country and read original documents.

Language is a tricky issue. Therefore, key terms should be given in active bilingualism, in English and in the country’s language. Problems of translation may be openly discussed in the paper.

The list of references includes, if possible, literature in English, French or German on educational policies, institutions, history etc. of the respective country. It has to follow strictly the APA citation style.

The paper should not exceed 9.000 words. As a rule, a country report is anonymously commented by two referees.

If you are interested, please contact in advance.

The following schedule will be used:

First submission by authors: 30 June 2019
Review and response to authors: 15 August 2019
Final submission from authors: 5 November 2019
Final reviewing and papers ready for layout: 5 January 2020
Publication: 15 February 2020

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