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Call for Proposals for Chapter Authors: 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education
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5/11/2017 to 7/1/2017
When: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Where: United States

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Call for Proposals for Chapter Authors
2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education

Tonette S. Rocco, Ph.D., Florida International University
M Cecil Smith, Ph.D., West Virginia University
Robert C. Mizzi, Ph.D., University of Manitoba
Lisa R. Merriweather, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Joshua D. Hawley, Ed.D., The Ohio State University

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Dear Colleagues,

The time has come to consider submitting a proposal for a chapter in the 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education to be published by Stylus.

As one of the foundational texts in the field of Adult and Continuing Education, the Handbook will document ways in which Adult and Continuing Education contributes to preparing adults to become informed, globally-connected, critical citizens who are knowledgeable, skilled, and open and adaptive to change and uncertainty. While due attention will be given to foundational theories and models of practice in the field, the 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education will emphasize emerging theoretical perspectives, philosophies and locations of practice, broad interdisciplinary, epistemological, and methodological approaches to adult and continuing education, and identification and description of adult learner populations that have been previously invisible, unexamined, or marginalized by policymakers and educators.

The purpose of the Handbook is to inform individuals, who desire to gain an understanding of the complexity of the landscape of adult learning, about the key principles, practices, structures, ideological frameworks, and issues as manifested in the dynamic reality of adult and continuing education in the coming decade as well as related human and institutional resources which support adult learners. The 2020 Handbook will also provide an overview of the broad scope and differentiated missions of practice within the field. This handbook will be a foundational volume, offering a comprehensive characterization of the field, as well as delineating the larger contextual trends, and issues. It will offer the following:
● an orientation to the broad field of adult education for practitioners who have come into the field lacking an understanding of adult and continuing education;
● a synthesis of foundational principles, practices, and related theory and research of adult learning and its facilitation;
● an overview of key contemporary organizational structures and programs reflecting the profession of adult and continuing education;
● an overview of key touchstone perspectives framing current debates, advocacy, and commitments to social justice;
● an examination of current issues reflecting the nexus of global forces and the contemporary practices and beliefs within adult and continuing education.

Timeline, Proposal and Chapter Guidelines

The timeline for the submission of proposals and chapters is:

July 1, 2017: Letter of intent to submit a proposal and CV are due. This letter should specify which chapter is being proposed and provide a brief paragraph description of what the author intends to cover. The editors will evaluate the letters and CVs to determine if the author and chapter are acceptable following up with an invitation to submit the full chapter proposal. The editors may suggest an alternative chapter to an author or suggest a co-author or alterations to what the author intends to cover. While this step is not required, authors that take this step on or before July 1 will assist the editors to create a more efficient process. Send letters and CVs to

October 15, 2017: Full chapter proposals are due to editors. Proposals should be no more than 2 single spaced pages (approximately 1000 words) and should include a brief discussion of the structure of the chapter as envisioned by the author. Specifically indicate:
a. Areas to be covered
b. Issues, disagreements, problems in practice or research
c. Principal writers or sources to be used within the chapter
d. Brief outline illustrating the organization of the chapter.

Send proposals to

February 15, 2018: Final decision on chapter authors will be made.

August 1, 2018: First chapter draft due. Each chapter will be expected to explain the subject fully; to introduce the principal contours of the subject; and where appropriate to deal with issues of equity, and describe the characteristics and competencies of adult learners. The chapters are expected to be about 5000 words including references, tables and figures.

Send to

October 30, 2018: Chapters will be returned to authors with editors’ feedback.

February 1, 2019: Revised drafts due. Send to

April 30, 2019: Submission of complete manuscript to publisher for outside review.

Early 2020: Anticipated Publication

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