Ends on September 15, 2017

Call for Academic Papers addressing the Arts and Special Education
VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education
Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series: Volume 4
VSA Intersections is a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking academic papers addressing critical issues of research, practice, and policy in the arts and special education for publication in Volume 4 of the Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series. This series spans a wide spectrum of art forms, age groups, and learner profiles to contribute to the body of literature that informs the emerging field of the arts and special education.

Through the annual VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and published professional development resources, the Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility aims to achieve ambitious goals that support powerful arts education for students with disabilities. This summer, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center’s Department of Research & Evaluation—and with the support and advice of academics, researchers, and practitioners—The Kennedy Center will publish a 5-year plan for advancing the field through rigorous research around questions of Access and Equity, Instructional Design and Practice Innovation, and Efficacy and Effectiveness.

With that bold agenda in mind, Volume 4 of the Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series will further the offerings of the first three volumes, available at: http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/edu_parents.cfm. Edited and published in collaboration with the Division of Visual and Performing Arts (DARTS) at the Council for Exceptional Children, Volume 4 will further lay the groundwork for the field’s first peer-reviewed journal, slated to debut in 2019.

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2017. Authors will be notified of their status by October 1 and provided with feedback from the editorial team. Final drafts of selected submissions will be due by November 15. The volume will be published in early 2018.

The strongest submissions will:
  • Be written in clear, grammatically correct English, using the academic, third person point of view. Citations will be provided in APA format. Maximum length is 15 pages, inclusive of references, tables, and figures.
  • Include a succinct abstract that makes clear the goal and audience for the paper. The paper itself will support these choices.
  • Address content that sits squarely at the juncture of arts education and special education:
    • Papers must address at least one art form (or art broadly) and describe the arts in an educational context, whether school- or community-based.
    • Papers must also address the specific educational experiences of students with disabilities or educators working with students with disabilities, and successfully integrate the above discussion of the arts with discussion of special education practices, policies or research.
  • Align with one of 3 identified priority areas:
    • Access and Equity addresses questions of fair and impartial distribution of arts learning opportunities for students with disabilities.
    • Instructional Design and Innovation encompasses instructional strategies and curricular approaches in arts learning for students with disabilities.
    • Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Scale-Up builds on innovations in instructional strategies to influence best practice on a large scale.
  • Integrate research where applicable, and provide evidence to support claims made about teachers, students, disability and/or instructional practice.
  • Integrate research where applicable, and provide evidence to support claims made about teachers, students, disability and/or instructional practice:
    • Case studies presented should be analyzed with an eye towards scalability of practice and/or directions for future research,
    • Best practices of exemplar programs should be highlighted and explained in ways that are understandable and replicable, and/or
    • Research studies should be placed in the context of the larger library of literature, with a discussion of where studies build on existing research and where studies lay groundwork for future research.
Our goal is to publish a volume of academic papers that represent the wide scope of players at work in this field today, with an eye towards shaping the practices, policy, and research of tomorrow. In addition to the qualities above, papers will be screened for their relationship to each other and the role they could fill in a collection of diverse works.

For questions, please contact Jenna Gabriel, Manager of Special Education, at JGabriel@Kennedy-Center.org.

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