Varieties of social studies and citizenship education in Europe – Country reports


Varieties of social studies and citizenship education in Europe – Country reports

The Journal of Social Science Education will publish a special issue in 4/2022 with country reports from Europe.

Deadline for first submissions: March 31, 2022

This issue will be edited by Tilman Grammes (Universität Hamburg, Germany), Jan Löfström (University of Turku), Reinhold, Hedtke (Bielefeld University),

In this issue of JSSE we want to present country reports that give a documentary and descriptive overview over the current situation of civic, citizenship, economic, political and/or social science education in the European countries (for earlier country reports see JSSE 2002, 2005, 2020). A country report should discuss educational institutions and policies in this field, the scholarly state of the art, and the education of educators. In this issue we warmly welcome that the report gives an analysis of the recent years’ trajectory and present situation of social science education, discussing the strengths and weaknesses as well as threats and opportunities of the future of this field in the national educational scene.

A country report should address also educational policies and the state of the art of social science education theory and research, like recent research projects, relevant new doctoral theses, and so forth.

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

Points of high interest are also styles of teaching and learning, methods in classroom practice, as found by lesson research or ethnography. Moreover, a report may deal with obligatory or optional 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 of interest, too. Furthermore, the readers would like to be informed about specific scholarly and teacher associations and their policies, impact, congresses and publishing organs.

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

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

The authors of a country report should consider that an international readership JSSE is usually not familiar with country-specific institutions and circumstances and therefore needs explanations and background information.

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

Translating terminology is often a tricky issue. Therefore, key terms should be given bilingually, 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 must follow strictly the APA citation style.

The editors invite authors to visit the JSSE website to avoid submissions on countries which were recently presented in a JSSE country report.

The paper should not exceed 8.000 words. As a rule, a country report is anonymously commented by two referees.

We warmly encourage that a country report is authored by a team of experts from different institutions and with different perspectives, making it easier to cover a wide substantive area.

If you are interested, please contact in advance.

For further information, the author should refer to the JSSE Author Guidelines:

The issue will contain:

  • An editorial in which key themes are highlighted and articles briefly summarised.
  • 6-8 country reports of between 6-8000 words.
  • Book reviews.