Call for Papers for the Special Theme Issue


Special Theme of the Issue: Language in Educational Contexts

Language is a value-laden hallmark of culture, as a symbol of ethnicity, race, immigrant status, social class, gender, and political beliefs. Language can be used as a weapon to wield power over oppressed people, as an instrument for resistance, or as a tool to empower people with words of inspiration. As such, how language is used and perceived in educational contexts, and the messages that language communicates, has implicit and explicit consequences for educators, students, and communities. How language is used to frame the process of education at the national, local, and state levels reveals socio-political sentiments about schooling and communities who are involved in the process of schooling. Additionally, whether or not students have access to second language learning opportunities in bilingual or immersion programs is heavily implicated in national, state, and local politics. Therefore, the purpose of this co-edited issue of the Journal of Culture and Values in Education is to provide a space for the dissemination of ideas and research about the influence of language in education contexts in the form of theoretical and research-based manuscripts.

The co-editors invite proposals for theoretical and research-based manuscripts for submission that address one or more of the following topics related to the theme of this special issue:

  • Methods and theories from the fields of linguistic anthropology or sociolinguistics that enrich our understanding of informal and formal educational processes
  • The connection between language and Funds of Knowledge
  • The intersection of politics and language in educational contexts
  • Language and resistance in schooling
  • Policies and practices that shape bilingual education and language immersion programs

Proposal Submissions

All manuscript proposals must be written in MS Word and follow the guidelines of the latest version of the APA style manual. The proposal must include the following:

  • A cover page that includes: a working title, the name of the author(s), affiliation, and email address.
  • An abstract of 700 words, including a purpose/rationale, theoretical framework, and method.
  • A short bibliography

Manuscript proposals and questions about proposals should be emailed to Natalie Keefer at

The recommended final manuscript length is 2500 to 8000 words, including references.

Schedule for Publication

Manuscript proposal submission due date: June 1, 2020

Preliminary acceptance granted by: July 1, 2020

Full manuscript due date: September 18, 2020

Revisions emailed to authors: October 16, 2020

Final manuscript due date: November 13, 2020

Publication date: December, 2020