COABE Journal


About The Journal

COABE Journal: The Resource for Adult Education an open-access journal focused on innovative ideas and practitioner experience that supports the field of adult education. COABE Journal is organized around themes and published twice a year and is available for purchase.  

The COABE Journal seeks to be the resource that adult educators turn to for learning and inspiration. Researchers, advocates, administrators, teachers, and other practitioners are invited to submit manuscripts to the journal.

“COABE in general provides a lot of support via the advocacy work and the production of research and praxis items in the COABE journal. The journal really helps in seeing how adult education programs across the nation are being run. It also helps to see the vital research that is being produced to aid improving programs.”

Purchase the Journal

The COABE Journal is now available in multiple formats!

Click here purchase electronic copies of the individual articles or the complete journal.

Click here to purchase electronic copies of the complete journal for all your large group members. 

Click here to purchase a hard copy of the journal.

Submit an Article

The winter edition of the COABE Journal will focus on racial equity and immigrant integration.

Click below to submit your manuscript.  Contact with questions.

The deadline for article submissions is September 15, 2020.

Please note that we use APA 7th Edition, which just went into effect on October 1, 2019. Check here and here for an overview of the major changes and here for reference citation guidance. Please review the COABE Journal Style Guide prior to submitting your article.

Submission Guidelines

Original Research and Theory to Practice submissions include original quantitative and qualitative research and/or the effective integration of educational theory to practice. The purpose of these pieces is to inspire others to apply these findings and/or practices into their adult education settings or contexts and should range between 3,000 and 5,000 words.

Instructional Practices and Learner Engagement and Program Development and Innovations submissions should focus on best innovative practices for engaging learners in instructional settings and/or programs with unique characteristics or innovative characteristics that yield exceptional adult learner outcomes. These should provide the reader with evidence of effectiveness and positive impact on adult learners that administrators and practitioners can replicate such innovations into their practice and should range between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Innovative/Effective Material Integration submissions should focus on innovative or cutting-edge practices that integrate print, electronic, software, or other technologies that demonstrate effectiveness in student understanding and outcomes. Manuscripts should present concise overviews of the technologies/materials including relevant publication, url, or other information for acquiring/accessing the resource. Readers of these pieces should be able to effectively integrate these materials into their adult education settings with the expectation of similar learner impact and outcomes and should range between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

Review Essays should be a discussion of recently-published books or instructional materials or online instructional resources (websites, YouTube, TED Talks, etc…) that adult education administrators, practitioners, learners, or other stakeholders might find useful in their practice. These materials may include commercially available resources, however, such reviews should focus on the utility of the materials in adult education settings and should range between 800 and 1,200 words.

Reflection Essays include thoughtful discussions on issues (societal, policy, political, theoretical, etc…) and their impact on adult education administrators, practitioners, learners, or other stakeholders. These pieces may be written in first-person narrative form with the intent of provoking thoughtful reflection of the reader and should range between 1,000 and 1,200 words. Contact before you begin writing. This is an important step in the process.

Journal Archives

Abstracts of research articles appearing in this journal and its predecessor, Adult Basic Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Adult Literacy Educators, are indexed by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database: