Global Citizenship Education Special Issue – November 2017

In November 2017, Childhood Education: Innovations will focus exclusively on innovation in global citizenship education (GCED). This special issue comes at a time when momentum around global citizenship education continues to grow and the question of how to prepare learners for an increasingly globalized world has become more urgent than ever. Since 2012, when UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, identified global citizenship education as one of three priorities of his signature Global Education First Initiative, the number of education stakeholders championing global citizenship education has multiplied exponentially. In 2015, global citizenship education was included in Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Target 4.7) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, solidifying its role as a viable education approach for creating a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Now, it is time to step back and take stock of where we are. Which global citizenship education models, practices, and ideas are truly cutting-edge? Which are addressing old challenges from fresh perspectives? How effective are these new approaches in preparing learners with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to find solutions to global challenges? How are they being used to create sustainable futures for all children in all nations? The issue will consolidate the best and most innovative work on global citizenship education and bring it to the forefront so that readers can advance their knowledge and practice.

The issue will explore questions such as:

  • How are specific models or approaches to GCED new or better than what exists currently or previously?
  • What models or approaches to GCED contribute something unique to efforts to achieve the SDGs?
  • What new or innovative approaches to GCED have been proven effective through evidence-based research or other indicators of success
  • How have new models or approaches to GCED been implemented in diverse contexts, including schools in rural areas, in low-income countries, or serving disadvantaged children?
  • How can innovative models and approaches to GCED be scaled up and sustained over time?

Types of Articles Being Sought for Childhood Education: Innovations

Childhood Education: Innovations is intended to be an exciting and engaging publication appropriate for multiple audiences. It uses a magazine-style approach to deliver information about high-quality, innovative education models, programs, and practices. Using a magazine-style approach ensures accessibility of this important information to inspire action that creates positive, sustainable futures for children and youth worldwide.


Submissions are now closed. Contact Guest Editor Adrienne Henck with any inquiries.


Instructions for Authors:

Authors should:

  • Use clear, direct language, using the active voice as much as possible
  • Incorporate interesting, inspirational real-world examples
  • Base writing on substantial experience with the subject
  • Provide analysis to place experience or research in a broader context
  • Speak to a general audience, avoiding insider jargon or technical writing or specification to the level that only a small percentage of readers would be interested
  • Clearly explain or avoid idiomatic use of language specific to a national or cultural context
  • Show respect for and support inclusion of all children, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, or ability
  • Verify all facts, including dates of events and spellings of proper names.
  • Authors should not be seeking to sell a product or service.


Authors should consider issues of readability, avoiding overuse of citations and using them only when appropriate. To make articles readable, we prefer to incorporate attributions into the article text whenever possible. The style of the publication is less scholarly journal and more “magazine style,” with less density of citations and more narratives about the concepts being highlighted. Do provide citations for all direct quotations, paraphrased statements, and borrowed ideas. Be sure to state clearly which ideas and language are yours and which ones are drawn from someone else.


It is recommended that prior to submission, you review your article very carefully. Often, it helps to have a colleague read over your article and, when possible, your article should be professionally edited. A Childhood Education editor will also work to prepare your manuscript for publication, possibly substantially editing or rewriting a draft to enhance its appeal to our readership.

Childhood Education editors will make the final decision on headlines, illustrations, and other supporting content, and on the placement of each article in the publication.

While the views expressed in ACEI publications are not necessarily those of the Association membership at large, we do edit for adherence to ethical and style standards.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Language: Manuscripts should be in the English language.
  • Form and Length: Preferred length is 1,400-3,500 words, double-spaced. Before publication, authors will be asked to submit a Copyright Transfer Agreement.
  • Visuals: Camera-ready diagrams, tables, or figures are often desirable. Photographs are encouraged (with complete captions and credit lines; digital files should be 300 dpi). Authors are asked to obtain model releases for photographs.
  • Publication: All manuscripts are edited to conform to the publication’s editorial standards and space requirements. Prior to publication, authors are furnished with galley proofs.
  • Remuneration: Authors receive no remuneration. Articles and illustrations are considered a contribution to the profession.

It is assumed that articles are submitted exclusively to Childhood Education: Innovations and will not be submitted elsewhere.