Generations and Generational Change in the History of Education

Submission deadline date: 15 April 2024


From Karl Mannheim’s 1928 essay on ‘The problem of generations’ to popular characterisations of Gen X, Y, millennials or the more pointed refrain, ‘ok Boomer!’, the category of ‘generation’ distils historical trends, ideas, and phenomena in particular time periods, leaving open questions about generational change and continuities. Generations is also a cross-over category that speaks to intergenerational dynamics and families as much as it does to political and social moods, the zeitgeist or spirit of the time.

For historians of education, the notion of generations has been a powerful organising concept, sometimes engaged explicitly, often implicitly. Schools, for example, have been written about as part of the formation of new generations, and as mediating generational disruptions and continuities of educational ideas, professional norms, family expectations, new and experienced teachers – and more.

This special issue invites contributors to address the theme of ‘generations and generational change’ from a multitude of historical perspectives and questions. 

List of Topic Areas

Thematic and topic areas can encompass a focus on concepts and theorising, or a particular generation/s, or processes of generational change understood broadly – ideas, systems, networks, people, governance – and include:

  • Generational shifts in historiographical traditions and academic research methods
  • Migration and mobility
  • Stolen and forgotten generations
  • Educational ideas and practices
  • Curriculum and culture
  • Public pedagogies
  • Youth, age, childhood
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Generational nostalgia and affect
  • Teaching, teachers and intergenerational knowledge
  • New and old materialism
  • Futurity
  • Education systems, governance and reform
  • Biography
  • Family, community, schooling
  • Health 

Submissions Information

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available here.

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to "Please select the issue you are submitting to". 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

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Prior to submission, please submit an abstract of 500-750, including the following:
•    Title and Author/s – including their affiliation & email address/es
•    3-5 keywords
•    Substance/argument – what the paper will deal with, and why
•    General description of research questions, objectives and theoretical framework
•    Methods/methodology/approach/mode of inquiry
•    Links to special issue theme
•    Select representative references.

For enquiries and abstract submission please contact: Julie McLeod, Tamson Pietsch, or Helen Proctor.

Key Deadlines

Opening date for abstract submissions: 31st August, 2023

Provisional Acceptance of Abstract: 15th December, 2023

Opening date for full article submissions: 15th December, 2023

Closing date for full article submissions: 15th April, 2024

Projected Vol/Issue: 55.3