Journal of Vocational Education & Training Call for Papers for Special Issue

Science and Engineering Intensive Vocational Education and Training

Journal of Vocational Education & Training

Vocational education is a critical source of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent that is typically overlooked in STEM education and policy discussions privileging academically oriented bachelors and graduate degrees. The public’s image of a STEM worker is much more likely to be a lab-bound biologist than a technician maintaining cutting-edge technology in advanced manufacturing or high quality health care settings. Students in STEM intensive vocational programs go on to drive innovation in their workplaces as the frontline workers that are the most intimately familiar with the equipment, services, and processes used on the job. This special issue will bring together research that focuses on the role of vocational education and training in the STEM workforces of a range of countries, and address the most pressing issues facing STEM intensive vocational education. It will also address the problem of persistent racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in STEM education and training. Contributions could be workforce-oriented papers addressing the role of vocational education and training in supplying STEM workers, or pedagogically-oriented papers on STEM instruction in vocational education. Papers should seek to move forward thinking and understandings in the field theoretically or empirically.

Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • The role of vocational education in supplying the STEM workforce
  • Public perception and misconceptions about STEM workers with vocational training
  • Strategies for overcoming basic skills barriers
  • Diversity and inclusion in STEM intensive vocational education
  • Career pathways into STEM employment
  • Integrating math and science into vocational education curricula
  • Apprenticeships in STEM occupations
  • Automation risks to workers with STEM intensive vocational education and training
  • Demand for workers with STEM-intensive vocational education and training
  • Determinants of the success of graduates in finding work in a related job
  • The role of STEM-intensive vocational education and training in supporting STEM literacy more generally

Information for Submission

December 14, 2017:             Deadline for 500-word abstracts.
May 18, 2018:                      Deadline for submission of papers (6,000-8,000 words)
February, 2019:                    Publication date for Special Issue

Prospective contributors are invited to submit an expression of interest and extended abstract of up to 500 words by December 14, 2017 to The guest editors will contact all contributors and inform them of the outcome of their submission within two weeks.

A selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper with a deadline for submission of April 27, 2018. It should be noted that an invitation to submit a full paper does not guarantee publication as all papers will be subject to the Journal’s peer referee process.

Submitted papers must follow the 'Instructions for Authors' for presentation, and submit through the ScholarOne system.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Daniel Kuehn, The Urban Institute
  • Guest Editor: James Stone III, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education