Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Encyclopaideia was founded in 1996 at the University of Bologna, and seeks to publish material in a wide range of educational research areas and related disciplines. Specifically, the editors seek “significant contributions that advance the theoretical understandings of the social and institutional contexts of education, the critical analysis of ethical and political issues in education, or the methodological reflection on educational research…in the following areas: theory of education, educational policy, qualitative research reports. [They] welcome critical reviews and commentaries addressing conceptual, theoretical, methodological, issues pertaining to qualitative research.” They do not welcome “brief reports of studies to address a narrow question.” Each issue contains a mix of article types, including editorials, focus articles, essays, discussions, and book reviews.
This is one of the most annoyingly designed online journals I’ve ever encountered. A good two-thirds of the screen is taken up by white space once you get beyond the home page, so you have to scroll down to see any prompts or content. A link to “all issues” took me into the journal archive, going back as far as Volume 3, 1999. I pulled up the Table of Contents for the latest issue, Volume 20, No 44 (2016), and found an editorial, in Italian, along with seven Focus articles (ranging from “Research Experiences in Education. An Introduction” to “Coherence between data gathering technique and data analysis method in qualitative studies. A research experience based on leukemia survivors’ narratives,” an Essay (“When Interculturality faces a Diaspora. The Transnational Tamil Identity”), and a book review of Vincenzo Costa’s Fenomenologia dell’educazione e della formazione. Unfortunately (although according to the DOAJ this journal’s full text is supposed to be in English), all of this material except the Essay is in Italian, despite them all having English titles and abstracts. A perusal of earlier issues did find some other articles in English (for example, “What steps toward school learning?,” “Competence-based education to develop digital competence,” “eSchooling: an ICT-based approach to compentence- based education,” and “Validation of an ICT system supporting Competence-Based Education”), but the predominant content is in Italian.
The subject matter ranges over an extremely wide base; this is a title for Italian educators and educational philosophers or those practicing same in Italy.