The Journal of Folklore and Education

JFE annually publishes outstanding content from authors who know the value of teaching local knowledge, art, stories, and culture. We seek submissions of articles, model projects, multimedia products, teaching applications, and student work accompanied by critical writing that connects to the larger frameworks of the announced theme of the current Call for Submissions. We are currently inviting submissions for the special issue Death, Loss, and Remembrance Across Cultures: A Role for Folklore in Education.

We encourage submissions inclusive of perspectives and voices from underrepresented communities. We invite educators to share shorter pieces for “Notes from the Field.” Nonconventional formats are also welcomed, such as lesson plans, worksheets, and classroom exercises. Media submissions, including short film and audio clips, will also be considered. 

Research-based writing that theorizes, evaluates, or assesses programs that use folklore in education tools and practice are also welcomed. These research articles may intersect with the theme, but all submissions with a research component will be considered. We encourage authors to contact the editors to learn more and explore whether their concept might be a good fit.

Write for our upcoming issue on Death, Loss, and Remembrance

This issue aims to gather the diverse practices, approaches, and examples of people learning about death, loss, and remembrance on behalf of educators. Along with guest editors Mark E. Helmsing and Bretton A. Varga, the JFE editors invite contributions demonstrating cultural practices such as how communities respond to death and loss, perform memorialization and remembrance, and refer to ghosts/hauntings to communicate what is lost but not forgotten.

Read the 2021 Volume on Creative Writing

Creative Texts | Creative Traditions features case studies, lesson plans, and research that use folklore’s values of context, candor, use, imagination, and love to help students to craft text with authentic purpose and consequences. The strategies offer readers opportunities to consider how the merely personal can contain the universal, how to make genuine connections, how to work toward equity, or how to strengthen social bonds.

The Journal of Folklore and Education (ISSN 2573-2072) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published annually by Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education. As a digital publication, JFE provides a forum for interdisciplinary, multimedia approaches to community-based teaching, learning, and cultural stewardship.


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