Special Issue "Affective Processes in Educational Contexts"

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Anna Rowe

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Interests: emotions; teaching and learning; experiential learning; assessment and feedback; higher education
Guest Editor
Prof. Julie Fitness

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Website | E-Mail
Interests: emotions; close relationships; conflict and relationship repair

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will focus on affective processes in educational contexts, broadly defined. Although there have been substantial developments in research pertaining to affect and emotions in education over the past 30 years, there are some areas which require further empirical investigation and theoretical development. Much of the emphasis has been on test anxiety and (more recently) achievement emotions, that is, emotions directly related to achievement activities and outcomes. However, both students and their teachers experience a wide range of other emotions in academic settings including topic, epistemic and social emotions. Indeed, the teacher–learner relationship itself is a rich context for both functional and dysfunctional emotion dynamics.

This Special Issue, therefore, aims to explore the current state of knowledge in the field, with a particular focus on those areas in need of further investigation. It also aims to encourage the application of this knowledge to inform both practice, policy and future research.

Submissions are sought from all levels of education including primary/secondary school, vocational and higher education/college. This Special Issue provides an exciting opportunity to integrate knowledge and encourage discussion and debate across disciplines. Articles appropriate for the special issue may include original research, theoretical papers, reviews of research in specific areas, and methodological considerations regarding the study of affect in educational contexts. Multi-disciplinary perspectives on affect in education are welcome, as are articles that utilize quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches.

Possible topics may include: discrete emotions in educational settings (e.g., boredom, interest, excitement, anger, sadness, gratitude, co-occurring emotions), as well as broader emotion categories (such as achievement, social and epistemic emotions); interpersonal dynamics and the relational nature of learning (e.g., teacher/student relationships, the role of peers, power dynamics), individual characteristics and processes (e.g., motivation, coping strategies, emotion regulation, the role of emotion in promoting/inhibiting learning), teaching (e.g., evaluation of teaching interventions, pedagogical strategies to engage students, such as experiential/practice based learning) and achievement (e.g., the impact of affect on assessment and testing).

Dr. Anna Rowe
Prof. Julie Fitness
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Affect
  • Emotions
  • Individual/intrapersonal processes
  • Learning
  • Motivation
  • Relationship dynamics/interpersonal processes
  • Teaching

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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