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JoCI is not accepting manuscripts at this time. After publication of Volume 8, Number 2, December 2014, it will be on hiatus until new funding is obtained.

General Guidelines

JoCI requires all manuscripts to be submitted through the Open Journal System (OJS) online tracking system (http://www.joci.ecu.edu) in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF). Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction should be original, coherent, and of interest to those in the field of curriculum and instruction. Manuscripts should be written in Standard English and conform to the writing style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed, 2009). If funding or grant money is used in any aspect of submitted work, this support should be acknowledged in manuscript content. JoCI will not consider manuscripts that have already been published or are being considered by another journal. Manuscripts not meeting these guidelines may be returned for revisions prior to review.

How to Submit a Manuscript

All manuscripts must be submitted through the OJS online tracking system.

  • Go to http://www.joci.ecu.edu.
  • Create an account if you have not done so already.
  • Login to your account by entering your user name and password.
  • From the User homepage, click the “Author” link.
  • Under the text “Start here to submit a manuscript to this journal,” click the link titled “Step One of the Submission Process.”
  • Be sure to read the copyright information.
  • Follow the instructions provided until the submission process is complete.
  • A confirmation e-mail will acknowledge your manuscript submission.

Contact us immediately at joci@ecu.edu if you do not receive a confirmation e-mail upon manuscript submission. If receipt issues are not resolved, you will not be able to track the progress of your manuscript submission. Please check any spam blockers you have enabled within your e-mail account or with your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Types of Manuscripts

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed and are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to the field of curriculum and instruction. Submissions are accepted for the following journal sections:

  • Research Forum – Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research studies. Literature reviews are current and focused on research questions. Methods sections include detailed descriptions of participants, instruments, and procedures. Discussions draw conclusions from extant literature and research findings and state implications for future research or practice.
  • International Research Forum - Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research studies with an international focus. Literature reviews are current and focused on research questions. Methods sections include detailed descriptions of participants, instruments, and procedures. Discussions draw conclusions from extant literature and research findings and state implications for future research or practice.
  • Practitioner's Platform – Descriptions of action research and professional practice supported by research-based literature and implemented in academic setting.
  • International Practitioner's Platform – Descriptions of action research and professional practice supported by research-based literature and implemented in academic setting with an international focus.
  • Perspective – Commentaries, position papers, and policy analyses based on current empirical research. Manuscripts provide an empirically-based point of view on topics that may include current issues in curriculum and instruction.
  • Book Review – Book reviews for theme and open topic issues will be considered. Reviewers are requested to submit a proposal that includes the book title, author, relevance to JoCI readership, and a brief (100-word) overview of the book.

Preparing Manuscript for Submission

  • File formats: Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF). Please do not submit compressed (zipped) files.
  • Mechanics of APA Style: Refer to the current Publication Manual for organization, continuity, grammar, and reducing bias in language. Review spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and mechanical elements prior to submission.
  • Font: Manuscripts should be double spaced. Arial or Veranda 12 point font is required. Do not use word processing options/tools (i.e., strike through, hidden text, comments, merges). Remove track changes and comments before submission.
  • Length: JoCI welcomes submissions that are approximately 2,000 - 5,000 words. Include an abstract of 100 - 150 words. A prompt for keywords will be available during the online submission process.
  • Title Page: A title page should not be included in manuscript submission.
  • Blind Review: Manuscripts are double-blind reviewed. They should be written in a way that does not reveal authorship. Since reviewers do not know an author's identity, first person attribution should not be used in the text. Use third person attribution when referring to the author's own research or previous publications. Do not substitute "Author" in the text, citations, or reference section. For example, use "As Jones (2010) found..." rather than "As I found..." In the reference section, use the author's name rather than "Author."
  • Documentation: Manuscripts must conform to APA standards as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009). Follow the APA author-date method of citations within text. Include page numbers for direct quotes. References must be listed in alphabetical order by the first author's last name. In the case of referencing more than one article by the same author(s), list the most recent article is listed first. All names of contributing authors should be included in the references. Please refer to the following examples of the basic reference list format:
Citing an article in a periodical:

Surname, A. A. (year). Article title. Title of Periodical, Volume (issue), inclusive page numbers. doi:##.##/code

Example:

L'Esperance, M., & Gabbard, D. (2001). Empowering all parents in the middle school. Schools in the Middle, 4(3), 17-18.

Citing a book:
Surname, A. A. (year). Title of book. Publisher location: Publisher name.

Example:

Warren, L., & Sugar, W. A. (2005). Introducing the teacher leader/designer. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Citing online sources:

For online periodicals, please cite the sources following this example:

Example:

Williams, S. C., Davis, M. L., Metcalf, D., & Covington, V. M. (2003). The evolution of a process portfolio as an assessment system in a teacher education program. Current Issues in Education, 6(1). Retrieved from http://cie.ed.asu.edu/volume6/number6/

Other sources:
  • Tables, Figures, & Graphics: All tables, figures, and graphics should be embedded in the correct locations.
  • Photographs: All photographs submitted with manuscripts must include a copy of signed permission from the copyright holder. This documentation should be submitted as a supplementary file.
  • Review Process: After a manuscript has been submitted, the author will receive an acknowledgment e-mail. Manuscripts are initially screened by the editors. Manuscripts that are clearly inappropriate for JoCI, or fail to follow the submission guidelines, will be returned. Manuscripts undergo a double-blind review process. Approximately three months after the submission deadline, confirmation will be sent to authors with details regarding the final status of their manuscript.
JoCI is not accepting manuscripts at this time. After publication of Volume 8, Number 2, December 2014, it will be on hiatus until new funding is obtained.

Themed Issue – Published May 2014

Performance Assessment of Pre-Service and In-Service Educators

This issue focuses on high-stakes performance assessment of practitioners at both pre-service and in-service levels. Suggested topics for research studies and practitioner articles include how, when, and why teacher performance assessments are initiated and implemented; the relationship of performance assessment and practice; the impact of teacher performance assessment on teaching communities; issues of validity and reliability; the role of non-teaching stakeholders in performance assessments; and ways to address confounding factors, such as regional and cultural differences.


Open Theme - Published December 2013

The editors of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction welcome manuscripts that address topics related to current trends in curriculum and instruction in Pre K-12 teaching and learning. Manuscripts submitted to JoCI should make a unique contribution to the knowledge base and be current, innovative, and applicable to the Pre K-12 environment. Manuscripts should be original, coherent, and understandable.


Theme Issue: Publication June 2013

Behavior Supports for All Learners

This issue will focus on supporting students with behavioral challenges in PreK-12th grade to insure academic and social success for all. Suggested topics for research studies and practitioner articles include: school wide systems for promoting positive behavior; evidence-based strategies for whole-class or individual students; collaboration of general education teachers and special education teachers to support students with disabilities in inclusive settings; including diverse families in home-school programs; and connections between positive behavioral support and academic achievement.


Theme Issue: Publication May 2012

Diversity and Global Learning

While courts decide the legality of federal and state immigration policies, public schools across the United States face an increasingly diverse population of students in their classrooms. Finding ways to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in Pre K-12 schools is a challenge for many educators, but being a 21st century teacher in a linguistically and culturally diverse classroom also creates opportunities to be a major catalyst for social change. As educators preparing students for our global society, we need to address diverse forms of exploration, analysis and knowledge representation; promote respect for diverse people; and seek mutually beneficial relationships among diverse communities.

The Diversity and Global Learning issue of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI) focuses on the efforts of educators to implement diverse instruction and global learning programs, strategies, and policies, which address the needs of all learners in Pre K-12 educational systems. For this issue of JoCI, we seek articles pertaining to the overarching theme of "Diversity and Global Learning," including, for instance, articles on effective pedagogical practices in diverse settings, instructional strategies for students learning English as a second language, technology integration in a global learning environment, and diverse curriculum integration.


Themed issue: Publication May 2011

Preparing Students with 21st Century ICT Literacy in Math and Science Education

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy encompasses the ability to use technology to develop content knowledge and skills in support of 21st century teaching and learning. A society that lacks a workforce with ICT literacy is not equipped to compete in today's global economy because these skills are essential to the development of effective citizens, workers, and leaders. In an increasingly digital and global learning landscape, determining effective ways to use technology to enhance teaching and learning in the areas of mathematics and science is critical. This issue of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction focuses on the design and development of digital-age learning experiences in mathematics and science education at both the PreK-12 and teacher education levels. Articles are sought describing practices and strategies as well as research results and challenges. Of interest is the intersection between ICT literacy and mathematics and science education. Other articles might identify barriers to the use of specific technologies in practice.


Open Theme - Publication December 2010

The editors of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction welcome manuscripts that address topics related to current trends in curriculum and instruction in Pre K-12 teaching and learning. Manuscripts submitted to JoCI should make a unique contribution to the knowledge base and be current, innovative, and applicable to the Pre K-12 environment. Manuscripts should be original, coherent, and understandable.


Themed Issue - Publication May 2010

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in High-Need Content and Geographic Areas

Over the last several decades education researchers have concluded that recruiting high-quality teachers is one of the most powerful in-school factors related to the improvement of student achievement. However, while teacher shortages continue to grow (especially in the areas of math, science, special education, and the teaching of English Language Learners), little consensus exists among researchers and policymakers on how to best recruit and retain quality teachers — especially in high-need rural and urban schools. Debates are waged over whether the emphasis of training new recruits should be on fostering the right dispositions, teaching subject matter content or extensive pedagogical training. Additional debates involve the role of financial incentives and performance pay in enticing talent to the teaching profession. Of late several school districts are rethinking their approaches to the strategic management of human capital — with many of them de-emphasizing the role of university-based teacher education programs as the source of training new teachers for high-need schools.

This issue of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI) focuses on the role of teacher recruitment and retention in high-need content and geographic areas. Determining effective teacher recruitment and retention practices is critical in meeting educational needs and assuring students are making appropriate educational progress. Articles are sought describing practices and strategies that hold promise for ensuring successful recruitment, preparation, and retention of teachers in high-need areas. Other articles might identify critical barriers related to both policy and/or practice. Additionally, articles focusing on the role of teacher education, both traditional and alternative, in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers in high-need areas are welcome.


Themed Issue - Publication July 2009

Transformative Leadership

Transformative approaches to leadership challenge assumptions about traditional, hierarchical leadership models. Within transformative educational settings, all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators) are empowered as potential leaders charged with working collaboratively in the best interest of everyone involved. Transformative leadership offers the possibility for uniting educators in working toward a shared vision that can potentially improve both teaching and learning, especially in an educational environment in which high-stakes student and teacher accountability is considered paramount by policymakers and administrators.

The fifth issue of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI) focuses on the role of transformative leadership as a new paradigm for twenty-first century schools. Articles are sought describing transformative leadership theory and process, the resulting impacts or changes in educational practice and policy, and proactive examples of such leadership in our schools. The active involvement of teachers, community and business partnerships and civic leaders who collaboratively contribute to the vision and mission of schools may serve as examples of transformative school leadership. Other articles might address strategies for implementing and evaluating transformative leadership efforts, or describe the successes of and/or barriers to fostering transformative leadership. Additionally, articles focusing on instructional approaches that successfully cultivate transformative leadership in both school leader education and professional development are welcome.


Themed Issue-Publication January 2009

Using Action Research to Improve Educational Practices

Twenty-first century educators work in a political climate that stresses increased student learning outcomes and the implementation of scientifically-based practices. Determining effective school-based practices is critical in meeting these expectations and assuring students are making appropriate educational progress. Action research has the potential to be a powerful change agent encouraging educators to more fully investigate and consider possible solutions for real-world problems. Educators engaged in action research efforts not only identify specific areas of inquiry and systematically examine possible alternatives, but they also enhance their practitioner knowledge and improve student learning. Action research empowers educators as decision-makers and self-regulated professionals.

The fourth issue of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI) focuses on the role of action research in professional development and how it may result in improved educational practices. Articles are sought describing the action research process and examples of action research conducted within schools. Other articles might address strategies for implementing and evaluating action research, or describe the successes and/or barriers to conducting action research in classrooms including ethical, time management, methodological, research design, and data analysis issues. Additionally, articles focusing on effective instruction about action research in teacher education and professional development are welcome.

Themed Issue-Publication July 2008

Addressing the Needs of All Learners

The increasingly diverse population of students served in Pre K-12 schools affords unique learning opportunities for both teachers and students; yet, schools are impacted by the growing federal requirements perceived by some to narrow the curriculum, such as No Child Left Behind, as well as those that require access to the curriculum for all students, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. Finding ways to address the needs of all learners, including students who are gifted and talented, English language learners, culturally diverse, as well as students with disabilities, can sometimes challenge the educational system.

The third issue of the Journal of Curriculum & Instruction (JoCI) focuses on the efforts of educators to implement strategies and policies that address the needs of all learners in the Pre K-12 educational system. Articles are sought describing effective pedagogical practices including differentiated instruction, strategy instruction, technology integration, universal design, curriculum integration, peer mentoring, multi-level texts, and other practices focused on all learners. Other related articles of interest might potentially address professional standards for preparing teachers, curriculum standards and the student spectrum, access to the general curriculum, the role of evidence-based practices in educational reform and other articles related to the overarching theme of "Addressing the Needs of All Learners."


Themed Issue-Publication January 2008

Social Studies Teaching & Learning: Preparing Citizens for a Global Society

Social studies is the curriculum earmarked to nurture citizenship; advocate cultural awareness and understanding; promote justice, tolerance, and democratic ideals; and prepare young people for informed and active participation in an increasingly interdependent global community. Achieving these curricular goals is essential if students are expected to make significant and mutually beneficial contributions within a globalized society; yet, because the current No Child Left Behind legislation has not included the teaching of social studies in its national accountability system, some states have chosen not to include social studies assessment in their statewide testing programs resulting in a de facto de-emphasis of social studies teaching and learning. Other states include social studies in their statewide testing program, oftentimes resulting in a greater emphasis on social studies and improvement in instructional methodology as teachers make greater efforts to teach for understanding.

The second issue of the Journal of Curriculum & Instruction (JoCI) focuses on the efforts of social studies educators to implement strategies that promote civic competence and successfully encourage the teaching and learning of social studies within a global society. Articles are sought describing effective pedagogical methods in the social studies including curriculum integration, teacher valuing, service learning, relevant technology implementation, as well as student self-efficacy and critical analysis of both current and historical issues. Other related articles of interest might potentially address advocacy efforts to influence public and policymakers' perceptions about the importance of social studies, as well as articles related to the overarching theme of "preparing citizens for a global society."


Themed Issue for Summer 2007

Literacy: Best Practices in an Age of High-Stakes Assessment

Single test scores are increasingly used as individual measures of how teachers and schools perform across the United States. Meanwhile, professional organizations, such as the International Reading Association (1999), caution that testing and accountability should not be used as means for "controlling instruction", but as a means for "gathering information to help students become better readers". The inaugural issue of the Journal of Curriculum & Instruction (JoCI) focuses on the efforts of educators to implement meaningful literacy instruction within Pre K-12 school classrooms in the midst of mounting emphasis on high-stakes testing and accountability in America's schools.

Articles are sought describing the impact of high-stakes assessment on literacy teaching and learning as related to teaching quality, student motivation, teacher self-efficacy, educational policymaking, public/parental perceptions, best practice implementation, individualization, and "lessons learned". Case studies involving the progress of individual students and the quality of instructional programs are welcomed, as well as other articles related to the overarching theme of "Literacy: Best Practices in an Age of High-Stakes Assessment."