Currently Accepting Manuscript Proposals - COVID-19 Pandemic and Adult Education Pedagogy LATE FALL 2020


Call for Manuscript Proposals

Special Issue

COVID-19 Pandemic and Adult Education Pedagogy

Late Fall 2020

         The current COVID -19 pandemic has changed the landscape of public and private education as well as adult education as social distancing, closure of public spaces and online learning are the norm. In addition, access to equal education opportunity, digital equity, and just distribution of educational resources are issues of social justice. We know that initial statistics indicate that people of color and the elderly are disproportionally represented in those contacting and dying from the virus. These are populations that are highly represented in adult continuing and community based organization education programs. In addition, prisons are locations where the virus can and is spreading rapidly as it is easily spread in contained, crowded spaces where social distancing is difficult. These are locations where adult education programs are frequently present.  


      The COVID – 19 pandemic brings into focus many institutionalized elements of racism and poverty and some of them relate to adult education, health education, digital access, and distribution of emotional and physical healthcare as they intersect with adult education.

         This themed issue aims to explore the intersections between the COVID-19 Pandemic, access to Adult Education, Online Learning, and Social Justice. From both national and international perspectives, this issue seeks to understand how this current pandemic is shaping adult education pedagogy and practice in programs, classes, and centers, including how it may change facilitation and delivery of programs and adult learning across a variety of venues moving forward. In addition, articles and reflections that examine how adult educators are coping, how students are balancing teaching children and pursuing their own educational goals, how access to computer equipment, wireless, etc. impact quality of learning. 

         Reflective essays and resource pieces seem particularly relevant at this time but research manuscripts, and book reviews are encouraged as well. Artwork and photography highlighting the intersection of the pandemic, pedagogy, adult education and social justice are especially sought. 

DSJ anticipates publishing this issue in a timely manner dependent upon the submission responses. Topics for consideration include but are not limited to: 

  • Digital inequity
  • Online platforms for adult learners
  • Individualized learning and online learning
  • Family literacy: Parents teaching children at home
  • How COVAID will shape adult education going forward
  • GED online
  • Adult Literacy online
  • Zoom, Skype, Blackboard Collaborative, Webex
  • Learning Management Systems for Adults
  • Ageism and Computer Literacy Access
  • Prison, the Virus, and Justice Education
  • High Learning Curve for Instructors and Students
  • Learning through Cultural Institutions
  • Inequity Born from Crisis

All submissions must have relevance to adult, continuing, and/or higher education as well as relevance to the current pandemic, adult education, and social justice. We are specifically looking to include contributions from adult educator practitioners in faith-based settings, community based programs, social justice activists who employ adult education practice as well as the university community.


June 10, 2020 Deadline for 250 word abstract

June 15, 2020 Notification of invitation to submit full manuscript

July 30, 2020 Deadline for submission. 

Late Fall 2020 Publication of issue.

Submitted manuscripts must be written in the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.), not previously published, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

You may submit your proposal directly to dsjadulteducation@gmail. 

We hope you will consider submitting your manuscript for review for this themed issue of Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal. Please direct inquiries to


Lisa R. Merriweather, Joni Schwartz, Rodney Maiden, Edith Gnanadass
Dialogues in Social Justice