Call for Chapters: Pedagogical Creativity, Culture, Performance, and Challenges of Remote Learning

Editors

Ambika Raj, California State University, Los Angeles, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 6, 2021
Full Chapters Due: April 21, 2021
Submission Date: April 21, 2021

Introduction

Creativity is a topic that has only been on the fringes of pedagogy (the art and science of teaching) because it was deemed as related to mainly the arts – too abstract or not scientifically measurable, and therefore could not be standardized enough to be included in everyday educational curricula. However, in every era, progressive thinkers from around the world have always used creativity as a means for cultural reformation and as a means of social justice in response to oppressive regimes. For example, theater, cartoons, social art, film, and other forms of representative arts have always been used as critical instigation to create agency or critical commentary on current affairs. Further, teachers in schools often say one of two things - they are not creative or that they don't have the time to be creative given the curricular demands and administrative mandates that they are required to follow. Nevertheless, each day, teachers find exceptionally creative ways to engage their students with limited resources and limited supplies. Especially in the current situation of a pandemic which has made all education remote, teachers are being extra resourceful and relying on their creativity in order to deliver impactful lessons to all students whether they have special needs or otherwise. The focus of this edited book is pedagogical creativity and culture as related to various aspects of social justice and identity. Chapters will consider various topics related to pedagogical creativity such as - Is creativity cultural? The necessity for pedagogical creativity to give students agency and the connections between cultural sensitivity and creativity.

Objective

Two important and related factors that have transformed pedagogy in recent years will drive the objectives and value of this book. These are a. the current state of remote education all over the world due to the pandemic and b. the renewed necessity to focus on social justice and culturally relevant pedagogy due to movements such as Black Lives Matter. The pandemic has made clear that the “one size fits all” structure of education is not working for all students – something progressive educators have been saying for a long time. For some, the remote learning situation has made them more successful due to the lack of social pressure and anxiety in physical schools, helping them to focus on learning (Mehta, 2020). For many, the remote learning situations have also made clear that the purpose of education must be culturally relevant – that is, students must be given agency to co-design their curriculum, to choose how they learn and how they are assessed. While in theory, student agency, was always an objective of critical pedagogy, the current state of remote education has made them necessities to pedagogical creativity. Student voice and choice cannot be ignored in a remote learning situation. Therefore the chapters in this book will showcase pedagogical creativity in a wide variety of instructional settings, it will add to current research on issues around social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, and identity. It also aims to add to the emerging literature around cultural sensitivity, inclusivity, democracy, choice, and agency.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book is anyone in the broad field of education including professionals in various instructional settings, administrators, researchers, and anyone who would be considered an educationalist. These include professors and lecturers teaching courses on pedagogy, performance-related courses such as story, theater/drama, dance, and writing/literacy. Administrators, leaders, and social researchers may also be interested in content that relates to creativity, pedagogy, and culture.

Recommended Topics

While these are recommended topics, contributors may suggest others related to the broad topic of Pedagogical Creativity
  • Cultural Connotations of Creativity
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Creativity
  • Constructing Creativity and Democratic Agency
  • Social Creativity, Social Art Movements and Creativity
  • Democracy, Progressivity, and Creativity
  • Performance and Creativity in current times – Drama Therapy, Dance, Music, Story, Writer's workshop, and Digital Storytelling
  • Pedagogical Creativity - Mathematical, Lateral thinking, Critical Thinking, Designing, STEM, Engagement, Inclusion, and Creativity
  • Arts Creativity Vs. Science Creativity
  • Social Media and Pedagogical Creativity


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 6, 2021, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 20, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 21, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Pedagogical Creativity, Culture, Performance, and Challenges of Remote Learning. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.



Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit https://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.



Important Dates

February 6, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 20, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
April 21, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
June 4, 2021: Review Results Returned
July 16, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
July 30, 2021: Final Chapter Submission



Inquiries

Dr. Ambika Gopal Raj
California State University, Los Angeles
ambika.raj@calstatela.edu or
ambikagopalraj@gmail.com



Classifications


Science and Engineering; Social Sciences and Humanities; Education; Media and Communications
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