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OJELA, Spring 2019: Inquiry by Design

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019

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About This Issue’s Theme:

“As it is, the lover of inquiry must follow his beloved wherever it may lead him.” – Plato

It’s a pedagogical approach supported by the work of such important learning theorists as Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky and Freire, but how can we encourage inquiry in our students? How can teachers spark their students’ curiosity? What does true inquiry look like in an English Language Arts classroom?

In this issue of Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, we explore the use of inquiry and curiosity in literacy instruction of our students. In a discipline rooted in dialogue, how do we engage our students in the dialogue of wonder and excitement in the English Language Arts classroom?

Some questions authors for this issue might address include:

  • How do we encourage our students to ask meaningful and important questions?
  • How can inquiry become the anchor for robust research instruction?
  • What processes have teachers used to ensure that students are not merely “getting information,” but are actively engaged with the content in our classes?
  • How do we encourage our students to observe the world around them?
  • How can curiosity and inquiry help bridge the gap between our students’ school and home practices?
  • What projects can spark our students’ imagination? What role does choice have in creating that spark?
  • How do we bring our students’ questions, and not our own, to the center of literature and writing instruction?
  • In the age of accountability, how do we support student inquiry while also preparing our students to meet end-of-course exams and other high-stake assessments?
  • How does inquiry-based learning change the role of the teacher in the classroom? What about the role of the learner?
  • How do we design for curiosity in our classrooms?


Deadline for submission: April 15, 2019.

Questions about the current issue theme can be directed to:

Elizabeth Walsh-Moorman, OJELA Editor at

Types of Manuscripts Sought:
Feature Articles Manuscripts concerned with topics related to the issue theme. OJELA editors also welcome articles on any topic concerning language arts teaching at any level.
Teaching Matters Submissions focused on classroom strategies for teaching English language arts at any level, K-college. Submissions must be original teaching ideas. Descriptions of activities, practices, and procedures are welcome, but must be accompanied by rationale, explaining how methods were developed and used and for what purposes.
Conversations Extended interviews with teachers, researchers, teacher educators, policymakers, advocates, or others involved in the field of English language arts who do interesting work.
The Conference Room Table Submissions to this section capture the way professional development resources in the field are used in classrooms and in professional lives, to convey experiences that illustrate the significance of our professional literature. Submissions should be related to the issue theme.
Ohio Teachers Write Submissions of short fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry on any topic, in any genre.
Reviews Submissions that provide short reviews of any kind of resources for teaching English language arts, such as: books, media, software, websites, workshops, conferences, institutes, or learning communities, classroom materials, or professional development resources.
Reader Forum To encourage broader participation from readership, this venue is designed as a “letters to the editor” section of the journal–focusing on ideas related to articles published in the journal, featured themes, reader responses, or ideas in the field of English language arts teaching in general.