Encylopedia Invitation

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Invitation to Contribute to Springer Encyclopedias:

Teacher Education, Educational Innovation, and Educational Philosophy and Theory


Make a contribution to these encyclopedias by becoming a Section Editor for one of three new projects – the Springer Encyclopedias of Teacher Education, Educational innovation and Educational Philosophy and Theory.

These encyclopedias are all Living Reference Works that are continuously updated on a dedicated web site with hard copy also appearing in companion volumes.

The Encyclopedias:





The Encyclopedias will provide a systematic platform for teacher education, educational innovation, and educational philosophy and theory available on the internet as a reference platform for educational research and practice.

The Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory is a dynamic reference and study place for students, teachers, researchers and professionals in the field of education, philosophy and social sciences, offering both short and long entries on topics of theoretical and practical interest in educational theory and philosophy by authoritative world scholars representing the full ambit of education as a rapidly expanding global field of knowledge and expertise. This is an encyclopaedia that is truly global and while focused mainly on the Western tradition is also respectful and representative of other knowledge traditions. It professes to understand the globalization of knowledge. It is unique in the sense that it is based on theoretical orientations and approaches to the main concepts and theories in education, drawing on the range of disciplines in the social sciences. The encyclopaedia privileges the “theory of practice”, recognizing that education as a discipline and activity is mainly a set of professional practices that inherently involves questions of power and expertise for the transmission, socialization and critical debate of competing norms and values.

The Encyclopaedia of Teacher Education is a dynamic and living reference that student teachers, teacher educators, researchers and professionals in the field of education with an accent on all aspects of teacher education, including: teaching practice; ITE; teacher induction; teacher development; professional learning; teacher education policies; quality assurance; professional knowledge, standards and organisations; teacher ethics; and research on teacher education, among other issues. The Encyclopedia is an authoritative work by a collective of leading world scholars representing different cultures and traditions, the global policy convergence and counter-practices relating to the teacher education profession. The accent will be equally on teaching practice and practitioner knowledge, skills and understanding as well as current research, models and approaches to teacher education.

The Encyclopededia of Educational Innovation: The field of innovation studies is both very recent. It embraces new fields like collective intelligence, social media and network analysis, artificial intelligence, automation and deep learning. It has become one of the most dominant discourses of the knowledge economy also referred to as the ‘innovative economy.’ On this economic model, innovation is a source of ongoing productivity and growth. It is a model that favours education at all levels as the policy mothership that increasingly guides a new cultural and sharing economics in its social and open dimensions as a means of developing platforms for openness, creativity and innovation. This new model of open and social innovation is a very different notion to the standard economic view, bringing to the fore the ethics of collaboration in the service of co-creation, peer- and co-production that is more suited to the digital age of social media. It is a model that has the power to radically transform education in the near future as educational institutions become less like factories in the industrial age and more like a Google workplace in the knowledge age.

This is an opportunity for you to become involved in one of these projects which will be supported by a professional team at Springer. It is envisaged as a global dynamic and continuously updatable project where educationalists can develop, share and support the latest relevant materials. We hope you will become involved. Your expertise is valued and you will become part of a professional team working together on these projects.

Become a Section Editor responsible for editing ten contributing authors, with each contributor writing an entry of 3,000 words including 3-5 references. Please indicate a preferred topic. Please feel free to discuss with me themes or topics you think may be appropriate for this project.

Michael A. Peters

Distinguished Professor

Beijing Normal University, PR China.


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