Focus: writing an article for a professional journal.
After you have completed your first assignment, you need to get started on the second. This module has no on campus session but is designed to assist you in progressing your understanding of educational research and completing sufficient work to gain value from our final module.
Depending on where you are in relation to the preparation of your 2nd assignment, you should post to the discussion forum the following ASAP and at least before the final weekend intensive:
There is a list of suggested journals below.
Each is annotated with an indication of access/availability, i.e. either open access, freely available online or via the Griffith library. There are links to larger lists of professional journals if none of these do not suit your interests or needs.
The 2nd assignment is meant to build on from the work you’ve done in the first which was assembling a small set of references for which you wrote an annotation. It may be that you had been thinking about the article as you did your annotated bibliography and it all fits nicely. I suspect it might be that your thinking may have shifted a little from where you began. That is fine also. There is no one correct way to do this.
You will find that in some journals there is a predominance of writing from academics who work in universities. This is because, unlike teachers in schools, part of their employment conditions is to publish. This often means that they will draw on research data to present their argument. This is something you can’t do, i.e. report on your research data. You can however call on your own, personal teaching experience as a way of framing or setting up the article you write as some of you did for the annotated bibliography.
If you are having trouble finding an article that might be a useful model for your writing, have a look at some of the research-based articles. They will always have a component which reviews the literature. This is effectively what you have already done, albeit a small sample, in your annotated bibliography.
Here are a couple of models that might be useful to look at. Not for the specifics but for the style or engagement, use of research literature etc. It is a sampling of articles from professional journals. Don’t panic about the number. I have tried to pick articles that demonstrate a range of style and approach. Just skim them and get a bit of a sense of the range of what a professional article can/might be. You might find a style/model for the paper you are planning. Alternatively, you can browse some of the professional journals that are of interest to you and bring along an article or two. We will have time to talk about models, styles and approaches.
Adermann, J., & Campbell, M. (2007). Anxiety Prevention in Indigenous Youth. The Journal of Student Wellbeing, 1(2). Retrieved from http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/JSW/article/view/175
Farrall, J., & O'Connor, G. (2010). Inclusive learning technologies : supporting students of all abilities. Professional Educator, 9(1), 34-37. Retrieved from http://www.spectronicsinoz.com\conference\2012\pdfs\handouts\Inclusive-Learning-Technologies-Supporting-Students.pdf
Grey, A. (2011). Professional Dialogue as Professional Learning. Teachers' Work, 8(1), 21-32. Retrieved from http://www.teacherswork.ac.nz/journal/volume8_issue1/grey.pdf
Holden, S. (2010). Pancake people in flatland. Professional Educator, 9(1), 44-47.
Jingyan, L. (2009). A study of the pedagogical principles of ‘Crazy English’. English Australia, 25(2), 22-33. Retrieved from http://qa.englishaustralia.com.au/index.cgi?E=hcatfuncs&PT=sl&X=getdoc&Lev1=pub_EAJ_25-2&Lev2=300810b
Mitchell, P. (2011). Resourcing 21st century online Australian Curriculum: The role of school libraries. FYI, (Autumn), 10-15. Retrieved from http://www.slav.schools.net.au/fyi/autumn2011/mitchell.pdf
Patte, M. M. (2010). Is it still OK to play? The Journal of Student Wellbeing, Vol 4, No 1 (2010), 4(1). Retrieved from http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/JSW/article/view/641
Weeks, K. (2010). Bullying in the early years. Every Child Magazine, 16(4). Retrieved from http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/every_child_magazine/every_child_index/bullying_in_the_early_years.html
Some of these pieces are closer to the style of writing you will more likely do in other courses.
For articles that use some research data, the literature review section is not a bad model for the way you can develop your article because this is effectively what your article will have as its basis, a review of the literature framed into an article that engages a professional audience.
In our discussions about the requirements of professional journal articles, we have generated something of a continuum between the look of professional journals that have similar requirements to research journals and professional journals which adopt a more 'conversational', less formal style. The history of each journal is often a good indication of the waxing and waning of emphases and editorial or professional association interests.
There is an analogy that might help in thinking about the differences between professional knowledge and what is published in research journals and the role of professional journals. Kevin Kelly (2010) writes about the relationship in science between what might be labelled 'local knowledge' and the 'official stuff' that ends up in research journals. As he argues:
So, we might think about the 'local knowledge' of teachers, students, principals and parents as they carry out the day-to-day work of schooling. Education research then looks to connect, order and structure this knowledge. I know this is an idealistic account, as it for the sciences but as a rough way of thinking about the value and importance of Professional Journals it might be helpful. That is, the Professional Journal takes from the ordered, inter-connected knowledge in the research journals and tries to write it back for the use by the 'locals' in language they can follow and that articulates with the way they think about and talk about their work.
There is a lot of advice about writing for journals but Pat Thompson's recent post provides some good advice.
There is a list of what ACER (Australian Council of Educational Research) call 'core journals' indexed by ACER for the Australian Education Index. Many of these are research journals but there are also Professional Journals. There is also an overlapping list at Aussie Educator. World Newspapers also has a list of magazines and journals for educators.
There is a directory of Open Access (*OA*) journals that you may find useful. It is a mix of research and professional journals.
*GU* = available via the Griffith Library
One of the problems with Professional Journals in education is that they can suddenly disappear or change what they are doing/publishing. Some also operate as conduits for consulting firms keen to sell their materials.
This list is not meant to be comprehensive.
Australian Educator. The Australian Educator is the quarterly journal of the Australian Education Union. *OA*
Kelly, K. (2010). What Technology Wants. New York: Penguin