Active and Engaging Classrooms

A Practical Exploration

Edited by:
Candace Schlein, University of Missouriā€Kansas City

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Curricular Interactions, Behavior, Relationships, and Classroom Management. Editor(s): Candace Schlein, University of Missouriā€Kansas City. Kent Divoll. Tim Mainhard.

Call for Chapters

This is a call for chapter contributions for an upcoming text: "Active and engaging classrooms: A practical exploration." This text is an edited book that is being compiled for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Classroom Management Special Interest Group-sponsored book series with Information Age, "Contemporary perspectives on curricular interactions, behavior, and classroom management."

Active and engaged teaching and learning is critical for building a culture of student and faculty success. Kuh (2008) underscored that several types of active learning interactions translate to great gains in classroom excellence. These high-impact practices are: first-year seminars and experiences; common intellectual experiences; learning communities; writing-intensive courses; collaborative assignments and projects; undergraduate research; diversity and global learning; ePortfolios; service learning/ community-based learning; internships; and capstone courses and projects.

This edited work is multi-disciplinary in nature and open to qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and practical perspectives. All chapters must focus on active learning in either higher education, K-12, or a combination of educational settings. Active learning from traditional, online, and blended teaching modes are welcome. Where possible, identify their high-impact practice strand from the following list:

1. first-year seminars and experiences/ common intellectual experiences

2. learning communities/ collaborative assignments and projects

3. writing-intensive courses/ undergraduate research

4. diversity/ global learning

5. ePortfolios/ capstone courses and projects

6. service learning/ community-based learning/ internships

This edited book will be comprised of two Parts:
Part I will relate the findings of empirical research and/or literature reviews on topics surrounding the theme of the edited book.

Part II will be composed of chapters that provide practical tips, tricks, and recommendations for practice regarding active and high impact practices. These chapters must include a narrative of your experiences that led to the development of the practices and an explanation of what worked and what did not work and why, as well as details of the context of teaching. Including lists of recommended readings would also be very helpful.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter to this edited volume, please submit by July 1 2021 to Candace Schlein ( a 12-20-page chapter plus references as a Word document with the following formatting considerations: Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, APA style. Include as a separate Word attachment an author biographical statement of no more than 200 words that begins with your name rather than your title. In your email state whether your chapter is a contribution to Part I or Part II of the text.

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