Policy & Practice - A Development Education Review



Submission Guidelines

Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review is a biannual, peer reviewed, open access, online journal published by the Centre for Global Education, a non-governmental development organisation based in Belfast. It aims to celebrate and promote good practice in development education and to debate the shifting policy context in which it is delivered. It provides a space for education practitioners to critically reflect on their practice, share new research and engage in debate with their peers. Each issue of the journal features in-depth contributions on key aspects of development education such as pedagogical innovation, research, methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, the production of resources, enhancing organisational capacity and strategic interventions in education policy. Policy & Practice is informed by values such as social justice, equality and interdependence and is based on the Freirean concept of education as an agent of positive social change.  The journal web site receives in excess of 100,000 visitors per annum from the global North and South and successfully combines quality contributions from academia and civil society. 

The journal features in-depth contributions on aspects of development education practice such as methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, resources and training, enhancing organisational capacity, and strategic interventions in education and sectoral practice.

Each issue has a theme which will be addressed by four to six main articles (Focus section). Other regular sections in each journal include shorter articles (Perspectives), discussion features (Viewpoints), and resource reviews (Reviews). In addition to the regular calls for contributors, we invite articles on any topic relating to development education. We ask that you submit a précis of the proposed article to the Editor and it will be given due consideration for publication in a relevant issue.

There are no charges for submission to, publication in, or access to Policy & Practice. Once published, your article will be available for anyone to read or download without charge. 

Briefs for Contributors

Please send your articles to:

Stephen McCloskey (Managing Editor)
Centre for Global Education
9 University Street
Email: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com
Tel: (0044) 2890 241879

Please do not hesitate to contact the Editor if you have any questions regarding these guidelines or the journal in general: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com


Policy & Practice Issue 27: Call for Contributors

While Issue 27 of the journal will not have a fixed theme, authors must address a clearly defined aspect of development education policy and / or practice.

More specifically, Policy and Practice welcomes articles that:

  • Explore the policy context in which development education (DE) is delivered and the challenges to, and opportunities for, advancing DE in formal and informal settings.
  • Analyse the intersection between development education theory and practice.
  • Reflect on development education practice in country, project or issue specific contexts.
  • Consider the relationship between development education and related “adjectival” educations.
  • Share new research in development education and how it relates to policy and / or practice.
  • Debate the contribution of development education to examining the causes of social and economic inequalities locally and internationally.
  • Discuss the role of development education in mobilising the public toward positive social and economic change.
  • Consider the challenges to engaging the public on the basis of social justice rather than charitable approaches to development.
  • Explore the concept of development education as a community empowerment initiative.
  • Enhance dialogical discussion between contributors to the journal toward advancing debate in the sector.

Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300 word précis to journal editor, Stephen McCloskey, email: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com by Monday, 31 May 2018. The submission date for commissioned articles is Monday, 9 July 2018.  

There are four kinds of article published in Policy and Practice.  Focus articles are peer reviewed, between 3,500 and 6,000 words, and have a strong critical analysis of their topic. The second is a Perspectives article which is 2,000 – 4,000 words in length and is normally more descriptive, addressing an aspect of practice in any relevant aspects of DE. Viewpoint articles are designed to provoke debate on a given topic and more subjective in the presentation of their argument.  Resource review articles are 1,000-2,000 words in length and offer an opinion of a new book, film, teaching resource or online site on development issues.