We are pleased to announce the following special issues and their associated editors. Please feel free to contact these editors for further information on the special issue.


Special Issue #2: November 2021

Editor:   Melyssa Fuqua     melyssa.fuqua@gmail.com  

Guest Editors:   Cheryl Glowery               c.glowrey@federation.edu.au

                             Robyn Henderson          Robyn.Henderson@usq.edu.au

                             Karl Maton                      karl.maton@sydney.edu.au

Title: Connecting with rural education research

 The central theme for this special issue of AIJRE is connecting rural education research and urban-based research. The field of rural education research is embedded in understandings of context, place, and space, but is often treated as sitting on the margins. The special issue will shift such perceptions and locate the rural as a key and constituent part of the wider field of education. The issue foregrounds connections and will challenge existing notions of a rural-urban divide and associated thinking leads to a deficit view of the rural. Papers will show how the spatial and contextual considerations of rural education research have developed perspectives and methodologies that can inform and enrich the broader research community. The special issue welcomes both Australian and international contributions that examine how contemporary rural education research is challenging traditional perceptions.


Call for abstract proposals

Closing date: 10 October 2020

Notifications following peer review of abstracts: 9 November 2020

Submission of papers to editorial team:  19 April 2021



Special Issue #3: March 2022 –     

Editor:                   Professor Jayne Downey                                                 jdowney@montana.edu  

Guest Editors:     Associate Professor Jennifer Collings                           collinsjen@uwplatt.edu

                              Associate Professor Lindsay Hollingsworth                 hollingswoli@uwplatt.edu

 Building Partnerships for Rural Teacher Pathways: Processes and Outcomes of Contextually Responsive School-Community-University Collaborations


This Special Issue of the AIJRE will explore theoretical and practical components of partnerships that have been formed to support and sustain rural teacher pathways around the world. The articles in this issue will honour the diverse nature of international rural contexts and recognize distinctive forms of partnership that are needed to support career exploration at the secondary level, professional preparation at the university level, employment decisions upon graduation, and retention strategies post-induction.


The issue investigates critical aspects of mutually beneficial partnerships between rural schools, communities and universities and how each contributes to address specific, situational demands.  Authors are invited to submit works that explore collaborations at any point in their development; of specific interest is research describing innovative approaches, detailing responsiveness in the face of internal and external challenges, and revealing processes that sustain and strengthen relationships.  We believe the sharing of evidence-based strategies, principles, and approaches will provide insight for us all; learning from our international colleagues can both inform and transform our practice in innovative and valuable ways.


For this Special Issue, we invite the submission of manuscripts for review that address the following theoretical and/or practical aspects of partnerships relevant across the rural teacher pathway, including:

  • key elements in the process of initiating and sustaining collaborative rural school-community-university partnerships;
  • innovative endeavours by schools and universities to create a teacher workforce responsive to the needs of rural/remote schools and their communities;
  • expanded definitions of ‘partnership’;
  • how partnerships respond to changing demographics of rural places;
  • comparative or historical studies of rural school-community-university partnerships.


Submission Process

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. Manuscripts for review must be submitted by October 15, 2021 using the AIJRE online review submission and peer review system https://journal.spera.asn.au/index.php/AIJRE/about/submissions#authorGuidelines



Paper Submissions Due: October 15, 2021

Review Decisions: December 15, 2021

Revisions Due: February 1, 2022

Publication: March, 2022