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[xmca] FW: Call for Submission for IFA Journal on Service Learning Research with Children and Youth

From: ROBERT SHUMER <drrdsminn@msn.com
  Please consider submitting an article to the IFA Journal on Service
 Research (on youth).  Deadline for abstracts is August 15.  See details

 Rob Shumer

 Information for Action:
 A Journal for Service-Learning Research with Children and Youth

 The Goals of Information for Action: A Journal of Service-Learning Research
 with Children and Youth are to:

 Expand the community of service-learning educators and researchers
 Contribute to the academic legitimacy of service-learning
 Improve the quality and sustainability of service-learning programs
 Increase the quality, quantity and relevance of service-learning research
 Increase the number of students, teachers, and faculty who can contribute
 the expansion of knowledge and understanding of the principles and
 of service-learning and community participation
 Therefore, the Information for Action: A Journal of Service-Learning
 with Children and Youth seeks papers that contribute new research, theory,
 pedagogy, and other matters related to service-learning in school and
 community settings that affect youth, ages 5-18.  We will do one call for
 submissions for the year, using articles for three publications, from
 2010 through September 2010.

 Competitive Articles:  The Journal seeks articles in three primary
 The first category is in work related to rigorous, academic research that
 expands knowledge of theories and principles of service-learning and
 youth fields.  The second category is in applied research, performed
 by teachers and practitioners, who can share insights that will help others
 improve their understanding and practice of service-learning.  The third
 category includes articles that are written by youth involved in
 research/evaluation activities that can shed important information about
 service-learning from the youth perspective.
  An academic article is more competitive if it conforms to APA guidelines

 Is well written
 Breaks new ground
 Is relevant to the readers of the journal who come from many academic
 Pertains to curriculum-based service-learning
 Discusses questions and findings in light of related research and theory
 Goes beyond mere description of a service-learning course or initiative to
 analysis, application, recommendations, and/or lessons learned
 In the case of research, reflects rigorous methodology (i.e., design,
 and analysis).
 Articles written by teachers and youth are more competitive if they adhere
 Items 1-6, and also:

 Shares important insights about implementing and practicing high quality
 Provides information to practitioners and youth about the value of
 service-learning for growth in knowledge, personal development, social and
 civic development, and understanding of school-community issues.

 Manuscript Submission Process
 During this second year, calendar 2008-09, the Information for Action
 will produce two on-line issues, based upon a single review process.  This
 process includes the following rules and deadlines.

 A one-page abstract or precis is due by August 15, 2009 by e-mail only to
 editor.  Invitations to submit a complete paper will be sent to those whose
 abstracts that have the most promise.
 Complete articles are due by October 15, 2009.  To insure that we are able
 return your article when reviews are completed, please include in the cover
 letter your U.S. mail address and email address.
 Articles will be returned with peer reviewer comments by November 15, 2009.
 Final articles are due by December 20, 2008.
 The winter publication is expected by February 2010.
 Questions may be directed to the editor.

 Article Guidelines

 1.      Avoid the use of "volunteer" or "voluntary." It is preferable to
 "community service," "service-learning," or "community service learning."
 2.      Manuscripts must be well written and between 5 and 25 pages long.
 3.      Submit a copy of the article using Microsoft Word as an email
 4.      Please do not submit manuscripts under consideration by another
 5.      Use APA style. In particular, please follow APA reference style,
 in text and in the reference list, only include citations in the reference
 section that are cited in text, and place notes at the end of the paper
 "Notes" (see #11 below) rather than at the bottom of pages.
 6.      Place each figure and/or table on a separate page at the end of the
 text of the paper, and include in the narrative of the manuscript where you
 would like to place the figure or table (e.g. PLACE FIGURE 1 HERE). Final
 placement may be influenced by page layout requirements.
 7.      Use italics rather than underlines, both in the text and in the
 reference section. We do not use underlines at all in the Information for
 Action Journal.
 8.      Where applicable, research data must be recent.
 9.      Include an abstract that is a few sentences in length located
 the title and the beginning of the text.
 10.  Include a short section at the end of the document on the implications
 the research or the report for practitioners, indicating who this
 will help to change practice of service-learning programs.
 11.  For consistency throughout the Journal, use "service-learning" with a
 hyphen or "community service learning" without a hyphen.
 12.  Follow the end of the paper with Notes (acknowledgments and/or
 which are identified by raised numbers), then References, and then Author
 few sentences of biographical sketch of each author).
 13. E-mail copies of your articles to:
 Robert Shumer, Editor, IFA/JSLRCY
 rshumer@umn.edu or drrdsminn@msn.com
 College of Education and Human Development
 Department of Curriculum and Instruction
 245 Peik Hall
 University of Minnesota
 Minneapolis, Minnesota

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