Issue four

With one issue of the Learner Development Journal (LDJ) published and two issues underway, we would like to invite you to propose a theme for the fourth issue due for publication in October 2020.

If you are interested in editing the fourth issue (with one or more others) on a theme relating to learner development, we would love to hear from you by June 15th about your ideas and interests. We are very keen to hear from people who are ‘novice’ editors who would like to gain experience ina publication together with the support of other Learner Development SIG members.

Possible themes for the fourth issue of the journal might include:

  • action research
  • assessment
  • content-based learning
  • creativity
  • critical literacy
  • digital literacy
  • globalization
  • identity
  • international communities of learners
  • learner autonomy
  • learner development outside of formal education
  • learner emotion
  • learners as researchers
  • motivation
  • multilingualism
  • reflection
  • self-access
  • . . . ,

all of which have been mentioned by LD members as potentially interesting areas to research and explore together.

You are welcome to propose other learner development themes too. We are especially interested in practitioner research, student participatory research, and co-authored works.

If your proposal is accepted, the next step would be to prepare a Call for Papers to go out in September or October 2018. The overall aim would be to bring together a group of contributors (6-10 papers, book reviews, interviews, and so on) to collaborate under your leadership as co-editors. Contributors would work with each other to read and respond to one another’s work during the research and writing process.

For further details about the aims and scope of The Learner Development Journal, please see:

For information to editors, please see:

If you have any questions or would like to check any details please do feel free to contact us.

Many thanks in advance – we’re looking forward to hearing from you,


  • Alison Stewart (
  • Darren Elliott (
  • Tim Ashwell (

Learner Development Journal Steering Group