The various education associations, as well as commercial publishers and individual educators, publish journals to help train people in education careers, to give them a forum for ideas, and to inform people about their conferences and trends in technology and other aspects of education.
Some specialize in curricula and publish resources for teachers. Others deal with research, management, specific subject matter, finance, social justice, statistics, ethics and policy, teaching on various levels such as preschool, middle school, or college, and technology or related fields of education.
Some journals are published solely online; others are in print format.
For unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of education-related materials, see the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) collection. ERIC includes journals (mostly peer-reviewed), books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, and policy papers. Listings include bibliographical data, an abstract, and information about how to find particular items.
ProQuest gives users access to over 830 top educational publications, including more than 660 in full text from such journals as Childhood Education, College Teaching, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Athletic Training, and Educational Theory.
Image articles include all charts, tables, diagrams, and other graphical elements used to enhance the educational value of the articles.
An interesting website for people in various areas of science is ScienceWatch.com. ScienceWatch maps research fronts—clusters of highly cited papers with diagrammatic representations of the relationships among them. These maps provide a visual way to stay abreast of the latest developments in scientific research.
Fields include Clinical Medicine, Immunology, Neuroscience & Behavior, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Plant & Animal Science, Geosciences, Chemistry, Space Science, and Engineering, among others.
Some samples of specialized journals are listed below to illustrate their variety. Examples include the Journal of Higher Education, The Journal of Chemical Education, the Modern Language Association journal (PMLA), community college journals in specific specialties, Teacher Education Quarterly, Elementary School Journal, Education Leadership, Phi Beta Kappa, and Childhood Education.
The International Journal of Multicultural Education is committed to promoting educational equity, cross-cultural understanding, and global awareness in all levels of education. IJME publishes a variety of writings: (1) reports of empirical research, typically of qualitative research orientation; (2) literature-based articles advancing theories and scholarship of multicultural education; (3) praxis articles discussing successful multicultural education programs or practical instructional ideas and strategies; and (4) reviews of visual arts, professional and children’s books, and multimedia resources.
SuperKids Educational Software Review provides educational resources for parents, teachers, and kids, including reviews of children’s software, math worksheets, and vocabulary builders.
PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies is a refereed journal devoted to dialogue and exchange of ideas among those interested in teaching undergraduate mathematics. This includes those who prepare students for college-level mathematics, those who teach college-level mathematics, and those who receive students who have been taught college-level mathematics.
Each issue contains relevant and worthwhile material for those interested in collegiate mathematics education. Although the primary interest is in first person descriptive and narrative articles about implemented teaching strategies and interesting mathematics, there is also opportunity for writing broad survey articles, formal studies of new teaching approaches, assessments of planned and in place strategies, and general discussion writing on teaching undergraduate mathematics.
The journal motto, “The lightning spark of the thought generated in the solitary mind awakens in another mind . . .” by the Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle means that publishing in PRIMUS is a way of sharing ideas so that others can use and build upon the author’s efforts.