Book Chapter - Schoolchildren of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact and Opportunities

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Call for Papers
September 7, 2021
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Educational Technology, Social Sciences, Teaching and Learning, Psychology

Call for chapters - Schoolchildren of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact and Opportunities

Dixie Abernathy, Rob Ceglie and Amy Thornburg have just been approved to write a third book, and this time we shift to the impact of COVID on schoolchildren. With all the changes in schooling over the past 2+ years, we are exploring the ways that children have been affected  - cognitively, academically, emotionally, socially, and in other ways that may be uniquely examined by our contributing authors. The impact of COVID has, no doubt, been far-reaching and compelling, thus, this book takes a wider look and includes an interdisciplinary approach. We are also seeking people interested in writing about areas that include mental health, psychology, sociology, etc. 

We are excited about this new project and invite you to submit one or more book chapter proposals. We are using a different editor (Emerald) and the platform for this will look different. Our current timeline, to give you a sense of our schedule, is as follows:

Call for chapters submission - now

Proposal submission deadline - September 7, 2021

Full chapter submission - December 1, 2021

Revisions due from authors - December 20, 2021

We are looking for between 10-18 chapters to fill the book. Each chapter is expected to be in the 6,000 word range. So please send to your colleagues and other organizations you believe would be interested. We do not yet have solid book sections but below is what was included in our proposal (to give you an idea):

The primary aim of this book is to explore the many facets for how the COVID Pandemic has impacted children in the United States. While a major focus of this book will be connected to learning, we also plan to delve into the social and emotional impacts that are only now starting to be explored. The educational impacts are likely to be numerous and substantial as reports are beginning to suggest that some children may be as far as two to three years behind. This has largely occurred because the current mode of instruction was not engaging enough as social connection has been compromised.  And although online learning served as the best replacement for learning, its effectiveness has been mixed at best. We will discuss the negative impacts in schooling as well as suggesting that there are many lessons and even some positives to be considered.

The impact on other areas of a child's life such as family, physical health and mental health is related to the social embeddedness which typically occurs in schools and with extracurricular activities, however these have been limited during the past year and one-half. We will explore some of the latest work that has begun to unfold the negative impact of these facets of a child's life. Consideration will be given to ways that societies can move forward to transition back to “life as normal” while also addressing new issues and needs that have emerged.

Thus major themes include but are not limited to:

  • Social structures related to COVID and its impact on schooling and children
  • Supporting the mental health of children in school
  • Impact of COVID on students enrolled in special education services
  • International perspectives
  • Educational policy and its impact on children
  • Wellness supports
  • Future opportunities
  • Connection to online learning
  • Sense of belonging and its connection to children and learning

Please let us know if you are interested in committing as soon as possible. The focus is on the above topic titles/ideas; however, we are open to other related topics.

For a proposal, we are only asking for a 300 word description of the main topic and ideas you plan on covering. We will review these as we receive them. Please send the proposal to


Thank you,

Contact Info: 

Robert Ceglie

Associate Professor 

Queens University of Charlotte. 

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