UPDATE: Reflections: Service-Learning Journal (8/15/05; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
H. Brooke Hessler

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline Extended to August 15, 2005

Reflections (http://www.reflectionsjournal.org/),

a peer-reviewed, national journal of writing, service-learning, and
community literacy,

invites submissions for a

Spring 2006 Special Issue: "Re-writing the Community Writing Course"

Guest edited by H. Brooke Hessler and Amy Rupiper Taggart

Much of the literature on community writing pedagogies highlights a
particular moment or an individual semester rather than the recursive
process through which experienced practitioners re-see, re-frame, and
adapt their courses over time. We believe that the survival of our
programs depends on our ability to scrutinize the continuous changes we
make, and why we make them--the socio-economic, pedagogical, civic,
ethical, and institutional exigencies that shape our work. Further, we
believe that the knowledge built from these revisions should be shared.
Without active dialogue about evolving courses and projects, community
writing courses risk reproducing problems. With active dialogue comes
recognition of the progress we make as we respond to ongoing constraints.

>From this perspective, well conceived, systematically assessed long term
projects are the means to teaching, learning, and community-based ends. We
invite submissions (up to 5000 words) that focus on course and project
revision for sustainability and best practices. We are particularly
interested in projects that have already achieved some longevity because
of their careful reflection on and assessment of the courses and projects.

Submissions should include:

• The theoretical underpinnings of the course, project, and/or revisions
• An overview of the community partnership itself and the institutional
context of the course
• Selections of relevant course materials from the original and revised
courses (course descriptions, objectives, assignments, assessment tools)
• Discussion of persisting challenges

In addition, we welcome review essays on significant books and articles,
particularly those that address issues of assessment and sustainability in
service-learning programs and partnerships.

Manuscripts should follow MLA guidelines and should include a 75-100 word
abstract. Please send inquiries to Amy Rupiper Taggart
(amy.rupipertaggart_at_ndsu.nodak.edu) or Brooke Hessler (bhessler_at_okcu.edu).
Send electronic submissions (in MS-Word or RTF) to Brooke Hessler
(bhessler_at_okcu.edu) by August 15, 2005.

Reflections is one of only two national, peer-reviewed journals devoted to
service-learning scholarship. Originally founded as a venue for teachers,
researchers, students and community partners to share research and discuss
the theoretical, political and ethical implications of community-based
writing and writing instruction, Reflections publishes a lively collection
of essays, empirical studies, interviews and reviews in a format that
brings together emerging scholars and leaders in the fields of
community-based writing and civic engagement.

For more information about submissions, subscriptions and back issues,
visit http://www.reflectionsjournal.org.

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Received on Sun Jul 17 2005 - 16:04:28 EDT