Journal of Museum Education | Vol. 42 No. 4 | December 2017


Familiar Challenges/New Ideas

Have you and your colleagues experimented with something new—a program, a process, a collaboration, etc.—to solve a common problem that other museum educators face? Perhaps you have:

  • found a way to get teachers to actually complete a pre-visit activity before arriving on their field trip
  • adapted a process or program from outside the field to the museum setting
  • implemented an evaluation process that is both easy to carry out and provides useful feedback
  • convinced your boss/director/board to take a risk and try something new
  • collaborated in creative ways with colleagues from other departments at your institution
  • prototyped something new, failed miserably, but learned something in the process

The December 2017 issue of the Journal of Museum Education will feature case studies that present new solutions to problems common to the field. Tell us about your endeavors!

Submission Process

To be considered for the issue, potential authors must complete this brief online form describing:

  1. the challenge tackled,
  2. the process implemented, and
  3. how the idea is new and/or of interest to other museum educators.

The guest editor will review the submissions with the support of the MER Editorial Team and contact potential authors to discuss their proposed article ideas.

Article ideas must be submitted via the online form by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Once an article idea is accepted, authors must submit their 1,000–3,000 word essay to guest editor Elisabeth Nevins on or before Monday, May 8, 2017. All articles will undergo the standard double-blind peer review process, meaning authors will not know who reviewed their work and reviewers will not know who wrote the article. Reviewers recommend publication, revision, or rejection of an article.

Contact Elisabeth Nevins at JMuseEd (at) with questions.

Help us spread the word: download and share this Call for Article Ideas with your colleagues and networks. Thanks!