Aims and scope

Detours: Social Science Education Research Journal (Detours) is the official journal of the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association (BCSSTA) in partnership with the British Columbia Librarians Association (BCLA) and the British Columbia Teacher's Federation (BCTF). Detours provides a multidisciplinary forum for Social Science research, practice, and areas of interest in educational settings. The primary aim of the journal is to foster and support dialogue between practitioners and researchers, provide articles of general interest to teachers, offer a platform for researchers to connect with teachers and for teachers to augment their professional development with research. 

Detours articles arise from the diverse disciplinary fields of the Social Sciences including but not limited to history, geography, political science, law, psychology, philosophy, sociology, economics, and anthropology. Articles also arise from classroom practice and teacher (especially graduate student) research. Submissions are not limited to any particular research method, but must be based on rigorous analyses that present original insight and be of interest to both teachers and researchers.  Regardless of authorship, submissions should minimize jargon and aim to be accessible to readers without graduate training.

A distinctive feature of the journal is the platform for dialogue between teachers and researchers.  With this in mind, each article will be followed by a constructive dialogue in which questions and responses can be shared. These discussions, and a concluding article by the editors, will aim to clarify, extend, engage, and connect research and practice.


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