Call for abstracts: Special Issue "Innovative Approaches to Enhance Inclusive Education"


Call for abstracts for a special issue "Innovative Approaches to Enhance Inclusive Education" in Education Sciences is now open. The guest editors of the special issue are Dr. Suvi Lakkala and Prof. Dr. Mhairi C. Beaton. The expression of interest deadline is 15 February 2023. 

With this call for abstracts, the editors would like to invite responses that explore innovative research on inclusive education including school culture, leadership, inclusive practice across all sectors of education, development of new teacher education initiatives at all stages of teacher career; inter- and intra-professional initiatives that enhance inclusion and new philosophical understandings of inclusion. The editors particularly welcome responses where the research has been undertaken in a co-participatory manner with key stakeholders within the process.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Innovative approaches to enhancing the inclusive practices in educational provision
  • Professional collaboration, how to manage:
  • the complexity of a classroom
  • multi-professional dilemmas (language, power relations, roles)
  • identifying one's own role in a team
  • the creation of knowledge when dealing with open, complex problems

(Professional) Teacher agency, how to manage:

  • novel approaches in teacher education
  • ability to critical and reflective thinking
  • intentional agency/teacher leadership

Sense of belonging:

  • Student perspective: how a student feels their position in their community, multiple voices
  • Teacher perspective: how are teachers able to create the feeling of being a welcomed and valuable member of your community; students' intersectional identities - not to identify only one identity
  • School staff members: how to be able to value all colleagues, balancing power relations (e.g. between teachers and teaching assistants)

Submission Deadlines:
1. Expression of interest with an abstract (200 words) for articles: 15 February 2023
2. Submission of full article: 31 August 2023

Submission information and more details about the call:

Dr. Suvi Lakkala
Guest Editor
Faculty of Education
University of Lapland
96101 Rovaniemi, Finland

Prof. Dr. Mhairi C. Beaton
Guest Editor
Carnegie School of Education
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds LS6 3QS, UK