Call For Papers: Geoscience Education and Global Development
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  
(contact information below).

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  
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
Sharon Locke, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; [log in to unmask] 
Chun Yen Chang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan; [log in to unmask] 
Ian McKay, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; [log in to unmask] 
R Shankar, Mangalore University, India; [log in to unmask]

Submission Guidelines
The submission deadline is December 31, 2010. Letters of submission  
should state that the manuscript is intended for this special issue.  
Submissions must comply with JGE guidelines, available at: