The International Journal of Research & Method in Education calls for scholarly papers for a special issue focused on advanced quantitative methods in educational research. The special issue guest editors see educational research as expanding its quantitative horizon on many fronts including working with more international comparisons of student performance, bigger datasets, data at different unit levels, and longitudinal data. Across all these areas, a common feature to their data is that it is a hierarchically structured. In response, educational researchers are increasingly employing various types of Multilevel Structural Equation Models (MSEM). Thus, this special issue is designed to provide the international educational research community with a novel contribution to contemporary debates in educational research - both methodological and substantive – as related to the use of MSEM. It will comprise a collection of articles that document and discuss the use MSEM to advance theoretical and substantive knowledge in contemporary educational research.
We welcome papers that contribute to:
- providing a snapshot of the variety of contemporary educational research projects that share the common feature of hierarchically nested data;
- showing the various ways that educational researchers are using MSEM to analyse this data to make novel contributions to theory regarding, and substantive knowledge of, education structures and processes;
- offering critiques of the use of MSEM within contemporary educational research;
- exploring the assumptions involved in MSEM and the practical implications of what the findings can contribute to education.
We encourage submitting authors to ensure their submissions are accessible to a general education academic readership who might not be specialist in the particular methods. Papers are welcome from across the world. We also welcome anonymised datasets and, where appropriate, the ‘code’ from statistical software packages (preferably freeware, e.g., R) that produce the analyses that are reported in the papers to be made available as supplementary online material.
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors along with other relevant information can be found on journal’s homepage. Important deadlines are listed here:
- Notification of intention to submit with 150 word abstract by email to guest editors by 31st January 2019.
- Full Article Submission by 30th September 2019 and marked as special issue.
- The special issue will be published in August/September 2020, though accepted papers will be published online unallocated to an issue before this.