Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,
Book reviews are a wonderful way to engage with new publications while also providing opportunities for reflection—this while adding a (free) book to your collection, as well as a publication to your CV. It also provides an opportunity to become familiar with different publishers (for the purposes of future publication—namely, our own). We would like to invite you to write a book review for the McGill Journal of Education. We have several books (titles attached) for potential review. You can also request a book from a publisher (check publisher policies), or ask us to request it, in exchange for a book review. I have pasted our guidelines below (which you can also find on our website). A book review is its own art form, as I was reminded of in browsing through our archives. A book review can help its audience decide whether to commit to reading a particular book; the reviewer usefully highlights the book’s strengths as well as identifies its limitations (e.g., Lerona Lewis on youth and language). The act of writing the review can provoke connections, as between theory and practice (e.g., Claudia Mitchell on the significance of ‘coming [back] to theorists’). The review can be written with others and/or on several books to provide a perspective on where we’ve come from and where we are going—or could be going, this through mulling over (and comparing) recent book offerings (e.g., Steve Jordan and Nancy Jackson on educational reform). The reviewer can also bring together “unlikely bedfellows” for the purpose of entering a conversation or provoking one (e.g., Norman Henchey’s thoughts in the 1970s on heady shifts in the terrain of curriculum studies—according to Henchey, should we side with Pinar or with Hirst?). At the MJE, we are open to diverse forms of the book review. We welcome reviews in English or French. If any of the attached 2014 or 2015 books interest you, or you have another one in mind that has been published within the last 2 years, contact me or Managing Editor, Sylvie Wald (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll make a trade—a book for a book review, due in the late summer or early fall…
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We look forward to hearing from you,
Teresa Strong-Wilson, Dr.
Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education
Editor-in-Chief, McGill Journal of Education
Co-President, Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS)
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MJE Book Reviews / Critiques de livres
We invite individuals to write and submit book reviews for publication in the MJE. Reviews should be no longer than 1000 words in length. A good book review does more than summarize, it places the book in a larger context of scholarship. Ideally it describes the value and usefulness that the book might have for scholars, and practitioners. Your review should provide readers with an overview of the book, including basic content and structural organization, the recommended audience and scholarly aim(s) of the book, and how the author situates this work within the larger context of the area or field. The review should provide a critical commentary of the book, assessing its contribution to the field. When reviewing edited volumes, authors should provide a sense of the range of contributions in the collection. The review should be written in a language and style that is accessible to readers across various disciplines. Please cite book details at the start of your review, including: author(s)/editor(s), title, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, number of pages, price, ISBN number, For example:
Wayne Martino, Michael Kehler, & Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower (Eds.). The Problem with Boys’ Education: Beyond the Backlash. New York, NY: Routledge. (2009). 290 pp. $43.95 (paperback). (ISBN 978-1-56023-683-2).
Sample Book Reviews