Learner Development Journal Concept

The Learner Development Journal (LDJ)

updated September 29 2019

ISSN 2433-5401

Currently, Vol. 2 of the Learner Development Journal, “Qualitative Research and Learner Development,” can be accessed on the LDJ homepage (cited below). The permalink for Volume one, “Visualising Learner Development” is https://ldjournalsite.wordpress.com/issue-one-visualising-learner-development/. In the coming weeks, we will be integrating the LDJ site into our main site, and moving (asap) everything to the jalt.org server.

One issue per year https://ldjournalsite.wordpress.com/

Launched in November 2017, The Learner Development Journal is the online, open-access journal of the Learner Development SIG. Published once a year, it is devoted to practitioner-driven research, reviews and interviews exploring learner development issues in second language education.

The inaugural issue of the The Learner Development Journal on “Visualising Learner Development” (issue editors: Darren Elliott & Hugh Nicoll) was launched in November 2017. In October, the second issue on “Qualitative Research into Learner Development” (issue editors: Chika Hayashi, Masuko Miyahara, & Patrick Kiernan) is approaching publication, while writers for Issue 3 of the LDJ on “Learner Identities and Transitions” (issue editors: Christina Gkonou, Jim Ronald, & Yoshio Nakai) are currently sharing first drafts with the editors and Review Network members for open or blind peer review.

Looking ahead, Issue 4, focusing on “Exploring the Supervision Process Across Diverse Contexts: Collaborative Approaches” (issue editors: Sabine Little & Michelle Golledge), will be published in Autumn 2020, while the first Call for Papers for Issue 5 on “Engaging with the Multilingual Turn in Learner Development: Practices, Issues, Discourses and Theorisations” (issue editors: Andy Barfield, Oana Maria Cusen, Yuri Imamura, Jussi Jussila, & Riitta Kelly) will go out in September 2019 (deadline: 13th January 2020; planned publication date: Autumn 2021).

Later, in early 2020, the Journal Steering Group will be appealing for editors to tender proposals for Issue 6 and to bring together a group of contributors to explore a different learner development theme.

The sub-menu for each issue links to the Calls for Proposals pages, for archival purposes, and to the Table of Contents page of the issues themselves as they are published on the LDJ website. 

If you are interested in proposing a theme for a future issue of the LDJ and forming an editorial team, please read the links further below. Many thanks.

Aims and scope of the LDJ

Issue editors

Preparing a proposal for an issue of the LDJ

Timeline for an issue of the LDJ

Guidelines for authors

Peer review process

Review network

LDJ review network guidelines

LDJ steering group