Writing for Publication: Transitions and Tools that Support Scholars’ Success - Mary Renck Jalongo, Olivia N. Saracho 2016
From Professional Experience to Expert Advice
Conference Proposals and Article Types
At the annual conference of the Association for Childhood Education International, a group of professors, authors and editors made a presentation on publishing articles in the professional journal of the organization. The discussion began with each panelist offering a compelling reason to write. One panelist who wrote practical articles said that her goal was “to be helpful” and to “write the article that I wish I had read before attempting to institute changes in my professional practice.” Ideally, the practical article does this. It spares others at least some of the floundering around and searching for resources. It persuades readers that instituting the recommended changes is well worth the effort. It also convinces reviewers that the author has really lived with these ideas, reflected deeply on them, and supported them with evidence and experience rather than blithely endorsing a trend or fad. The exemplary practical article is a boundary spanner; the author deftly moves between theory/research and practice as well as between narrative and expository modes of discourse. Practical articles validate effective practices and describe viable alternatives to ineffective practices. When readers reach the end, they have the sense that they have gained something worthwhile from deciding to spend time thinking along with the author.
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