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Special edition of Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (Cristal), 2017, dedicated to ‘Ethics, care and quality in teaching and learning’

Editors: Professor Brenda Leibowitz (University of Johannesburg) (brendal@uj.ac.za) and Dr Amanda Hlengwa (Rhodes University) (a.hlengwa@ru.ac.za)

Teaching and learning has particular responsibilities with regard to ethics, care and quality enhancement in higher education because of the nature of its practice and the benefits it seeks to take to faculty and students. Academics and educational developers, in faculties and in teaching and learning centres, have encountered many challenges around ethics, care and quality in the daily practice of their profession. Institutions have commonly understood ethics, care and quality as separate functions, rather than as integrated practice, and have tended to delegate these responsibilities to research ethics committees, Human Resource departments (custodians of institutional codes of conduct), or to Quality Managers.  Are ethics, care and quality mutually compatible for academics and educational developers? Might professional ethics in one discipline conflict with ethical conduct in our own teaching?  Should care be sacrificed to the needs of quality audits? Ethics, care and quality have global and local dimensions. Could ethical practice in one university be unacceptable in another? What is the difference between care and codes of conduct? Are there particular principles of ethics, care and quality that could be considered valid for all academics and educational development practitioners, independent of our contexts?

These questions are associated with the theme of ICED 2016: ‘Ethics, Care and Quality in Educational Development’

The following sub-themes will be focused on in this special issue:

  • Ethics, care and quality in the practice of teaching and learning

How do we understand our practice through the lenses of ethics, care and/or quality enhancement?

  • The ethics of educational research and evaluation

The evaluation of our own practice is a consideration in our field. Research ethics has become a field of study and reflection in many fields. How are ethical issues addressed in our field? What structures enable or constrain ethical research and evaluation? How can we ensure that our research practices take developments in ethics into consideration?

  • Ethics, care and quality in the funding or reward of teaching excellence

As teaching becomes more important to universities, there are sources of funding to support and enhance teaching development.  How can these resources be used effectively? How is good teaching rewarded? What practices are emerging in policies to support teaching excellence?

  • Leadership and teaching and learning as an ethical practice

How is the leadership of teaching and learning distributed in institutions? What characterises the practice of educational leadership? What enables or constrains academics and educational developers as leaders?

Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and essays that describe, theorise and reflect on teaching and learning practice in higher education. The editors welcome contributions that are critical and well researched, whether they are analytical, theoretical or practice-based, as well as contributions that deal with innovative and reflective approaches to teaching and learning. We are particularly interested in articles that have relevance to the South African educational context.

Cristal is an open-source journal. More information about the journal can be found at: http://cristal.epubs.ac.za

This special issue is related to the joint conference of the International Consortium of Educational Development (ICED) and Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA). We particularly welcome papers presented at the conference.

Submission procedure

Authors are invited to submit by 17 October 2016 a two-page proposal clearly explaining the concerns of their proposed paper and how it relates to the purpose and focus areas of this special issue, including a tentative structure of the proposed paper. A one-page curriculum vitae should also be included along with e-mail, mailing address, and phone number. Authors will be notified by 31 October 2016 about the status of their proposal. Full papers are expected to be submitted by 3 January 2017. All submitted papers will then be reviewed on a double-blind basis and returned to authors by 1 March 2017. Final manuscripts are due in by 16 April 2017.  These dates will be strictly adhered to as this Cristal special issue is set down to be published in June 2017.

Authors should submit electronic versions of their initial proposals to Brenda Leibowitz (brendal@uj.ac.za ) and Amanda Hlengwa (a.hlengwa@ru.ac.za)  (30 November 2016). [/fusion_text][fusion_text]

Submission process and important dates
Paper proposals due 30 November 2016, 16:00 (GMT +2)
Notification to authors of accepted paper proposals 7 December 2016, 16:00 (GMT +2)
Full papers due 3 January 2017, 16:00 (GMT +2)
Reviewed articles back to authors 1 March 2017, 16:00 (GMT +2)
Final re-submission date for accepted and reworked articles 1 May 2017, 16:00 (GMT +2)
Envisaged publication date June 2017

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