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Theory into Practice (TIP) is calling for proposals for articles focused on teaching about social issues during politically volatile times. TIP is published quarterly by Taylor & Francis and only publishes special thematic issues.  Articles are written about applications of theory and research to practice and policy. TIP does not publish original empirical studies. The articles are relatively short compared with articles in other journals. For questions, please contact [email protected]. Additional information about TIP can be found here:

Guest Editor

Constance Flanagan, The University of Wisconsin-Madison


Educators from many disciplines often face challenges with teaching students at all grade levels about a range of social issues. Whereas many educators want students to openly discuss complex current social issues and, in many cases, the historical events that have led up to the challenging issues of our times, external forces may affect educators’ efforts to accomplish such instruction.  In particular, it can be a challenge to find the time for students to discuss issues or investigate topics that are not in textbooks and still cover mandated core content. Likewise, educators who are committed to the civic goals of educating younger generations may have to balance the teaching of accurate factual knowledge, with pressures often put forth by school boards, community members, and political entities.

We seek conceptual manuscripts, based on empirical research, that offer practical solutions, instructional strategies, and policies that can support the efforts of educators across disciplines to teach about social issues, given the current social and political landscape. Potential articles might focus on the following topics (although others are encouraged as well):

  • Instructional strategies that encourage students to examine and respect multiple perspectives
  • Strategies that foster productive, respectful conversations
  • Strategies that enable all students to share their views and to listen and consider others’ ideas
  • Teaching practices wherein teachers learn new content and perspectives “alongside” and from their students
  • Innovative uses of technology in the teaching of historical and contemporary social issues
  • Strategies for addressing parental and community objections to the teaching of certain content

We invite potential authors to submit a one-page article proposal that includes the following: (a) proposed title of the manuscript and names and affiliations of authors; (b) a brief statement about the overall topic that will be addressed (c) a brief explanation of how the manuscript fits with the purpose of the special issue and how it advances existing knowledge and practices; (d) a brief description of the research/scholarship that will support any recommendations put forth in the manuscript. Please note that we do not publish empirical studies that present new quantitative or qualitative data. PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 15, 2023.

Tentative Timeline (Subject to Change)

  • Call for proposals: October 30, 2023
  • Submission of proposals: December 15, 2023
  • Accepting/Rejecting proposals: January 5, 2024
  • Submission of the first draft: May 15, 2024
  • Feedback to authors: July 27, 2024
  • Resubmission of revisions: October 15, 2024
  • Proofs to Authors: March 2025
  • Publication date: May 2025

Please submit proposals via Qualtrics, to: by December 15, 2023 by 11:59 PST.