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Writing for Studies. "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ” Gene Fowler, biographer, novelist. Jane Tompkins--language professor, contemporary literary theorist …

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"Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”

Gene Fowler, biographer, novelist

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Jane Tompkins--language professor, contemporary literary theorist…

Professionally…writing is a gut-wrenching proposition, full of self-doubt, painful revisions, last-ditch efforts. But having done one thing that succeeds gives you courage to go on ….

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Studies invites articles that are

theoretical

historical

practical

philosophical

empirical

from classroom practice… to policy….

and multiple related topics in between

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Basics

  • 4 issues/per year
  • Each issue is comprised of approximately 5-6 articles
  • Sometimes book reviews and/or commentaries
  • Each issue provides instructions to authors: also see NAEA website. Feel free to e-mail the Editor or Editorial Assistant with questions
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Publication data: March 2006-March 2007

Articles published: 25

Articles submitted: 68

Articles requiring revision:100%

Articles accepted: 35

Articles rejected: 33 (48%)

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Studies Submissions: March 2005-07

Topics of 140 manuscripts

Art education and…

child development

ecological connections (special issue)

museum education

gender issues

visual culture

social justice

historical figures

aesthetics

curricular & pedagogical development & advocacy

book arts

studio skills

integrated learning

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Studies topics…

technology

globalization/globalism

design education

“outsider” and “folk” artists

indigenous arts/artists/epistemologies

critical/creative thinking

policy

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Research is predominantly qualitative

reflective, projective, advocative, descriptive, analytical, critical, particular

(hopefully transformative)

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Research paradigms: positivism to constructionism

Research methodologies

case studies

arts-based research (special issue)

community-based research

action research

grounded theory

mixed methods

quantitative research (survey, experimental)

micro-ethnography …and more

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Possible recommendations for Studies manuscripts:

Reject

Major re-write

Minor re-write

Inappropriate for Studies

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In general…

  • Communicative in a clear, coherent, precise, accurate, well substantiated and interesting way
  • Significant contribution to knowledge base in the field; stimulant to further research, theorization, practice
  • Deal with significant, timely, relevant issues/ problems/questions in a thoughtful, sensitive manner
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More specifically…

  • Title reflects focal premise
  • Abstract is clear, efficient, reveals the heart of the composition
  • Focal problem/premise/argument is theoretically, deeply grounded/explicated
  • Focal premise/problem is thoroughly situated within current literature within and outside of art education
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Controlling idea/premise/arguments are clearly, coherently stated early in the article

  • Cogently, relevantly, accurately, adequately substantiated through….

definitions, explanations, examples, description, analyses, interpretations, anecdotes, illustrations, quotations, narratives,data, etc.

  • The whole of the composition is logically organized, making effective use of section/subsection headings
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Coherence:

  • well-formed introductory paragraph; topic & concluding sentences; effective transitions
  • Research design
    • methodologically sound/appropriate
    • fully explicated
  • Complexity is explored, analytically complete
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Writing is well crafted mechanically and

stylistically, with focus on economy, efficiency, interest, aesthetic crafting, APA formatting

  • Tone and development are appropriate for readership
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Terms clearly defined

  • References are used judiciously, precisely, appropriately
  • The scope is appropriately limited

“…and now I am trying to do it again to say everything about everything.”

Gertrude Stein

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Summary/conclusions are forceful and relate specifically to the controlling idea

  • Implications for future consideration/research are delineated
  • Holistically, the article is appropriate for the journal
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Reminder: The author is responsible for obtaining permission for all images to be incorporated within the manuscript.

some reassurance from steve martin upon finishing his first book
Some reassurance from Steve Martin upon finishing his first book:

“Once you are

finished, just sit

back and think: All

I started with

was a blank piece

of paper!”

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Prepared by:

Dr. Candace Jesse Stout

Professor, Department of Art Education

The Ohio State University

Past Editor, Studies in Art Education

258 Hopkins Hall

128 North Oval Mall

Columbus, Oh 43210-1363