Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education

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Call for Chapter Proposals

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education

Volume Editors:

Kamden Strunk, Ph.D. Leslie Ann Locke, Ph.D. Auburn University University of Iowa

Published by:

Palgrave Macmillan

About the Book:

The book is intended as a textbook for individuals interested in research for social justice and equity in education. It will be organized into three sections, designed to engage theoretical issues, research methodologies, and the process of becoming a researcher devoted to social justice and equity.

Section 1: Philosophical and Theoretical Issues: Liberating Frameworks and Methodologies

This section deals with the theoretical and philosophical issues involved in doing research for social justice and equity in education. Topics might include: Articulating theoretical frameworks that are used in critical scholarship (like critical theory, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, poststructural theory) and broader scholarship for social justice and equity; Critiques of the prevalent models for research from a social justice and equity-oriented position (for example, critiques of the general linear model and its assumptions, critiques of the practice of coding in qualitative research) with particular emphasis on how those models are constructed through power relations; Theoretical considerations such as positionality, the insider/outsider positioning tension that exists in critical scholarship, and other issues.

Section 2: Collecting and Analyzing Data for Social Justice and Equity

This section will be focused on methodological issues related to collecting and analyzing data. Topics might include: Practical considerations when applying for IRB approvals in scholarship; Modes of data collection that are useful in social justice research (i.e., more humanizing data collection processes); Quantitative approaches to data analysis for social justice and equity; Qualitative approaches to data analysis for social justice and equity; Mixed-methods approaches to data analysis for social justice and equity.

Section 3: Approaches to Social Justice and Equity in Educational Research

This section will include narratives and reflections on the pursuing research agendas related to social justice and equity in education. We invite established scholars to write about their journey to becoming a scholar-activist, describe their positionality related to their research agenda, how they arrived at that research agenda, what methodologies they use to pursue that agenda, and why. These are not case studies, but rather a higher-level examination of research agendas. For example, a researcher might describe how they came to be interested in this subject area, what experiences shaped their research trajectory, what challenges they have faced in pursuing that trajectory, and which methodologies have been useful in pursuing that research agenda (as well as how they apply and use those methodologies).


Chapter proposals/abstracts due: January 15, 2018

Notification invitations to submit chapters: February 15, 2018

Completed chapters due: May 15, 2018

Feedback from editors: August 1, 2018

Final revisions due: September 15, 2018

Book enters production: November 15, 2018

Proposal Requirements:

Please submit a proposal/abstract of up to 500 words by January 15, 2018. The abstract should address your topic, section, nature of the work, and objectives of the chapter. Proposals may be submitted here.

Completed Chapter Specifications:

Chapters for Section 1 or Section 2 should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Chapters for Section 3 should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. The word count limitation is for the entire chapter, including references, tables, and any other elements of the chapter.

All chapters should be prepared according to APA Publication Style (6th ed.).

Authors will be asked to identify key terms in text (via bolding those terms), and to provide brief (1- 3 sentences) definitions of their key terms. Those definitions are not included in the word count limitation.

Authors are invited to provide suggestions for additional reading related to their chapter topics at the end of their chapters.

Finally, authors will need to provide brief (50 words or less) biographies.

Questions:any questions about the book, this call, or proposal requirements, contact Kamden Strunk at or Leslie Locke at