CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE PROPOSALS

THEME: Education and the Quest for Educating in the Current and the Post-COVID-19 Era

GUEST EDITORS:   

Dr Bunmi I. Omodan
School of Education Studies
University of the Free State
South Africa.

Prof. Nolutho Diko
Dean Faculty of Education
Butterworth Campus
Walter Sisulu University
South Africa.

INTRODUCTION

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been described as an emergency of the unknown (Omodan, 2020), which has interrupted activities worldwide including educational sectors. COVID-19, identified as a respiratory syndrome, was declared a pandemic on March 12, 2020, by the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2020). United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation confirmed that schools were closed down/lockdown in over 107 countries to contain the outbreak which affected more than 862 young people, half of which is the student population” (Viner, Russell, Croker, Packer, Ward, Stansfield, Mytton, Bonell & Booy, 2020).  Countries shut down various organisations and agencies, including educational institutions: primary, secondary and tertiary institutions were not exempted.   However, education and educating must continue. In this light, various strategies were designed by countries, universities, education departments/agencies and different governing bodies to immunise the system against the danger of COVID-19 on institutional productivity. Among these mitigating remedies are remote learning, virtual management, online engagement, and technology to enhance educational operations beyond the schools. Even social activities were/are driven by technology cum “internet of things”.

It is observed globally that educational institutions have commenced operations, either in full flesh or partially, while the majority are still working and educating from home. Therefore, this special issue seeks to understand the current and future state, manner, and quality disposition of educational sector activities. This is not limited to any field of education; the call is interdisciplinary, addressing the sequence of COVID-19 in relation to education. Articles that address education-COVID-19-technology will receive greater attention with the possibility of winning the best article award.

CONTRIBUTION PROCESS

Interested contributors are requested to submit their abstracts to the editors: Dr Bunmi Omodan via OmodanBI@ufs.ac.za, +27782879572, and Prof. Nolutho Diko via ndiko@wsu.ac.za. +27664766830. The subject of the email should read COVID-19 Special Issue for RESSAT. A response will be provided within a maximum of three days, upon which you will be requested to prepare and make your submission. Submission, author’s guidelines, including formatting and referencing (APA) could be found here:  https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/about/submissions

ABSTRACTS FOR PAPERS SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • A succinct title
  • Author/s name/s
  • Author/s institutional affiliation
  • Contact details
  • An abstract (250 words) includes a brief introduction of the problem, the importance/purpose, the contribution to knowledge, the methodological approach and key findings if available.
  • Five keywords

TIMEFRAMES (MARCH 17 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2021)   

  • April 20, 2021: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • April 30, 2021: Final date for acceptance of abstracts
  •  June 15, 2021: Final date for submission of articles
  •  July 30, 2021: Peer review report
  •  August 30, 2021: Final date for submission of revisions
  •  September 30, 2021: Publication

PROFILE OF THE GUEST EDITORS:

Dr Bunmi Omodan

Dr Bunmi Omodan was the 1st prize winner of the Learning and Teaching Research Award at the University of the Free State in 2020 and subsequently named one of the top ten researchers in the Faculty of Education. At the same university, he was the 1st prize winner in a competition titled: Decoloniality in the 21st Century Classroom in 2019. He is a certified human resource manager with a PhD in Education Management and Leadership, a Masters degree in Educational Management and B.A. Ed in English Language. He is the Managing Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Research and Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies. He has supervised and is still supervising Postgraduate students. He is currently a member of the British Education Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP) and Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM). He has published articles in various local and international accredited journals, chapter-in-books, and local and international conference proceedings. His research focus includes but not limited to qualitative and quantitative research approaches, Participatory Action Research, decoloniality, Ubuntuism, social transformation, social and Africanised pedagogy, crisis management and university transformation.

Prof. Nolutho Diko

 Prof Nolutho Diko is a Dean of the Faculty of Education in the Butterworth Campus at Walter Sisulu University. Before joining Walter Sisulu, she was a Director for the School of Educational Leadership and Development at North West University (Mafikeng Campus). She had also spent an extensive period at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, where she was a Senior Research Specialist. Her experience also includes time spent in a couple of universities in the USA. The last of these being Ball State University, where she was an Assistant Professor. She has published internationally and nationally. Her research interests include Teacher Education, Education Reform, Gender in Education, Society and Education and Culture and Education. She has published in the area of Education and Leadership.  Her tenure in the area spans over three decades. Even though Prof. Diko is a Dean, she is still heavily involved in research. In 2019, Prof. Diko, Dr L.M. Hove and Prof. Mokoena co-authored a book titled “Dynamics in Teacher Education”.