Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The South African Journal of Childhood Education (SAJCE) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of research in childhood learning and development and the care and education of children from birth to 12 years. The journal is interdisciplinary in scope and seeks to stimulate the exchange of ideas in a variety of subjects, contexts, and issues in childhood education and child care. The editors welcome articles that show evidence of robust empirical research that is also theoretically strong. SAJCE aims to be a scholarly forum in a specialised field that has long been neglected in the South African and regional educational research community.

As the research mouthpiece of the DHET-initiated South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE), the journal is open to a range of submissions. These include statistical research on young children’s learning and development, large scale surveys of learning environments, evaluation studies of teaching practice and school management, as well as ethnographic- and case studies of individuals and groups of children, or their teachers and care providers. The journal also publishes review articles and book reviews. Additionally, the editors are keen to receive theoretical work on learning, development and conceptual change during the early years of schooling in a variety of contexts and will, furthermore, give special preference to manuscripts that that report on longitudinal studies.

The journal has relevance to policy-makers, researchers, classroom teachers, school managers and teacher educators in childhood education and care. This is also why there is a strong ethos of researcher/author capacity development in the journal. New researchers are assisted by the editorial office in preparing and revising manuscripts and also in learning to review manuscripts.

SAJCE will consider high-quality research that analyses and interrogates current issues, trends, policies and practices in childhood education and care. The following are topical areas:

  • Numeracy and mathematics learning
  • Teaching of mathematics
  • Children’s development of science and mathematics concepts
  • Language and literacy learning
  • Teaching of literacy and language
  • Primary school science education
  • Child development
  • Care for vulnerable children

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Original Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Correction

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research-Special Collection: Teaching and learning: mathematics, science, design, technology in the Early Years

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research-Special Collection: Reducing inequalities in and through literacy in the early years of schooling

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research-Special Collection: Teacher education for the primary school and the perennial problem of practice

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...