Journal: Journal of Early Childhood Education Research (JECER), http://jecer.org/
Issue: 2018 – Volume 7, Issue 2 
Special Issue: Children’s social-emotional development and its support

Guest Editors: Merja Koivula and Marja-Leena Laakso, University of Jyväskylä, and Kerttu Huttunen, University of Oulu, Finland, are serving as the Guest Editors of this issue.

Issue Description: JECER announces a special issue focusing on various aspects of young children’s social-emotional development, including its support and its relationships with cognitive and linguistic development and a growth environment in the context of early childhood education and care (ECEC). There seems to be a relative shortage of research-based information about suitable pedagogical methods of supporting children’s social-emotional skills and the functionality and outcomes of interventions. This special issue serves as a platform to collect and distribute information on this important topic needed both for the education of ECEC professionals and in practice.

We invite article contributions to this special issue on various topics, including the following:

  1. Children’s social and emotional development and influential factors
  2. Children’s emotional well-being
  3. Children’s social relationships and group dynamics
  4. Interrelationships between children’s social-emotional and more general cognitive development, especially linguistic development
  5. Roles of parents and practitioners in supporting children’s social-emotional development
  6. Interventions supporting children’s social-emotional development and their effectiveness

The articles can be theoretical in nature, reviews, or meta-analyses or may be based on qualitative or quantitative empirical research. They may describe children’s typical, atypical, or delayed development or be intervention-related and may have early educational, early childhood special educational, or multi-professional implications.

Authors are invited to submit a one-page summary (abstract) of their proposed articles. The selected article manuscripts will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process.

Abstract proposals are due November 30, 2017, to Merja Koivula (merja.e.koivula@jyu.fi).
Acceptance/rejection of article proposals will occur early in January 2018.
Manuscripts are due April 30, 2018.

The accepted articles will be published online in November–December 2018.Please send abstracts to merja.e.koivula@jyu.fi.

If you have any questions before sending an abstract, please email Merja Koivula.

Current issue of JECER

2017 – Volume 6, Issue 1 
Issue with open themes according to the journal scope.

Forthcoming issues of JECER

2017 – Volume 6, Issue 2
Special Issue on Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care
Guest editor: Päivi Kupila, University of Tampere, Finland
Please email your manuscript submission latest by 30th April 2017
to Päivi Kupila (e-mail: paivi.kupila@uta.fi).
The accepted articles will be published online during November – December 2017.

This Special Issue will focus on professionalism in early childhood education and care (ECEC) . We invite contributions to this special issue on constructing professionalism and on diverse constructs about professionalism in ECEC with multiple perspectives and contradictions. The submitted manuscripts may address professionalism that unfolds at the individual, team, or institutional level. They may also focus on how to develop professionalism. Submissions may take the form of theoretical constructions, research reviews or empirical research articles.

JECER, a Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, publishes early childhood scientific research.  Research articles in this international journal are peer reviewed and published either in Finnish or English. Its focus is on the research of early childhood education and the theoretical and historical analysis of these phenomena. Target audiences for this journal are the researchers, educators and students of early childhood education, parents, early childhood education professionals, decision makers, and people working on administration and educational planning. JECER is received level 1 rating (see more from Publication Forum site).

We welcome a wide range of articles on research or theory relating to growth, development, learning and wellbeing of young children up to 8 years of age.  Multiple approaches are welcomed (e.g. societal viewpoint to childhood, early childhood pedagogy, professional development and training, and leadership in ECEC organizations)

The aim of the journal is to contribute to scientific dialogue, to deliver information and to serve the field in the development of early childhood education. Journal forms an open learning environment and a network for early childhood education scholars and professionals. The journal aims to enhance the awareness and accessibility of early childhood education research, and to highlight the possibilities for research based decision making and quality improvement. It introduces new research and offers international perspectives on early childhood education.

Johanna Heikka
PhD, Senior lecturer, University of Eastern Finland