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The COABE Journal is a theme-oriented and practitioner-focused journal that is published semi-annually. The COABE Journal seeks contributions from Adult Education practitioners to share best practices, research, innovations, reflections, and reviews for the Spring 2022 edition, focusing on Learning Differences.

Adults have unique characteristics, including how they take in, process, and make meaning of information. Various learner-centered factors may impact learning, such as their interest and experience with a topic, learning preferences, native language or cultural factors, or cognitive factors. Articles for consideration should focus on one of the topics listed below and follow the criteria for the type of article noted in the Submission Guidelines.

All submissions must follow the criteria and style of the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Check here for general paper formatting, grammar, and citation and references guidelines. Please review the COABE Journal Style Guide prior to submitting your article.

Suggested Topics:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Cognitive Bias
  • Impacts of Poverty
  • Learning Disabilities (SDL’s) (Visit the LDA website for more information)*
    • Dyscalculia
    • Dyslexia
    • Dysgraphia
    • Dysphasia
    • Non-verbal learning disabilities
    • Oral/written language disorder and specific reading comprehension deficit
  • Learning Preferences
  • Related Disorders (Visit the LDA website for more information)*
    • ADHD
    • Dyspraxia
    • Executive Functioning
  • Trauma-informed Teaching
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

* Source: Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Deadline for submission is October 12th, 2021

Submission Guidelines

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you are writing a reflection piece, please contact journal@coabe.org before you begin writing. This is an important step in the process.