Joining experiential education and sustainability education is as natural as using the sun to warm ourselves. Experiential educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities. In addition to helping learners understand content, curriculum guided by experiential education philosophy leads to deeper understandings about our social communities and how to participate in a democracy. Some common practices that result from the philosophy of experiential education include place-based education, service learning, internships/practicums, expeditionary learning, school to work and vocational learning, inquiry and active based learning, challenge-based and adventure education, feminist-based education, project-based learning, and labs and field work in the sciences.
For this special issue under the theme of experiential education, we seek to establish a large context in which issues and practices can be addressed and understood. Areas of high interest to the editorial team are articles that include social justice issues for populations that have been neglected, ignored, or mistreated. This may involve racial, social, economic, or gender concerns among others. Such integration of justice issues with the three Es of sustainability (equity or Earth care, economics or economies of nurture, and ecology) is sorely needed in order to insure that ecological, economic, and social justice issues are understood as essential dimensions of a holistic process that seeks to address the challenges that we are facing in a world that is at a critical juncture that may affect our survival as a culture and even as a species.
The Journal of Sustainability of Education accepts well-researched scholarly submissions of 3000 words or longer, formatted and cited according to the standards of your discipline. Visit the JSE website for exemplars. Please incorporate Figures and Tables, with captions, within the body of your manuscript. Microsoft Word compatible files are preferable to facilitate on-screen mark-up and corrections. Manuscripts can be submitted through the JSE website. Authors must register—it is a quick five-minute process. We also encourage authors to register as reviewers—please be sure to give us as much information as possible about your disciplinary interests.
We also accept timely brief Reports, Opinions, Case Studies, Media Reviews and Journeys that should be less than 3000 words and include minimal citations. Shorter timely pieces can be submitted on the website or sent directly to the editor and will be reviewed by the JSE staff.
Submissions are due January 31, 2013 for consideration to be published in Spring 2013 edition.