Initial Publication Date: July 21, 2010

Call For Papers: Geoscience Education and Global Development

The Submission Deadline for this special issue has been extended to January 15, 2011

The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) is soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on geoscience education and global development. Please contact special issue associate editors for more information.


Geoscience education is a global endeavor, and perhaps nowhere is the knowledge of geosciences more closely linked to well being and societal development than in the developing world, where future economic and social conditions will depend on wise and sustainable use of Earth's resources at all scales, from local to global. Ensuring a geoscience-literate citizenry in developing countries requires that geoscience educators reach a diversity of audiences: school-age learners, teachers, university students, policymakers, and the public. However, constraining conditions such as lack of infrastructure, poorly resourced schools, limited information and communication technologies, and unstable economic and political structures mean that geoscience educators in developing countries face different challenges and have different needs from those in developed countries. At the same time, some challenges cut across national and developmental boundaries, for example, teaching geosciences to students in multilingual contexts and addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities. This special issue will focus on work being conducted globally in which geoscience education is a means to develop societies. Papers on the following topics would be welcome:
  1. Descriptions of curricula, instructional strategies, or assessments designed for use in particular social, economic, or political contexts;
  2. Studies of the use of information and communication technologies in under-resourced schools or communities;
  3. Comparative research studies evaluating country performance in international tests such as PISA and TIMMs;
  4. Descriptions of developing-developed world partnership models;
  5. Methodologies for the study of geoscience teaching and learning in a developing world context;
  6. Reports on understanding, awareness, and/or attitudes towards the geosciences
  7. Case studies of successful strategies for teaching geosciences in bi- or multi-lingual classrooms;
  8. Theoretical papers that focus on the linkages between geosciences education and development.

Special Associate Editors

  • ChunYen Chang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan;
  • Sharon Locke, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
  • Ian McKay, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
  • R Shankar, Mangalore University, India;

Submission Guidelines

The submission deadline has been extended to January 15, 2011. Letters of submission should state that the manuscript is intended for this special issue. Submissions must comply with JGE guidelines, available at