Special Issue: Engaging Learners in Math and Science Through Modern Technologies (2022)

Call for Papers

LUMAT invites researchers, practitioners, and educators to contribute to the upcoming special issue on Engaging Learners in Math and Science through Modern Technologies.


Education policy and curricula in various countries emphasise the use of modern technologies or information and communication technologies or digital tools in mathematics and science education. According to policy documents learners should learn how to and then use digital tools in diverse and creative ways; collaborate and network; and, moreover, use appropriate skills to work with different sets of knowledge (data, texts, diagrams etc.). In order to achieve these aims, several researchers think that the learners should be guided in

  • critical and creative knowledge practices, such as, information retrieval, inquiry activities, computational thinking or generating of ideas;
  • collaborative knowledge building and use of knowledge;
  • constructing and working with artefacts;

with digital tools in in- and out-of-school-learning environments. Use of modern technologies is often assumed to engage learners in mathematics and science learning. This is important because learner engagement, interest or motivation are positioned as defining characteristics of high-quality teaching and learning in mathematics and science. However, the use of technology and learner engagement in mathematics and science learning are both challenging concepts and too often poorly defined in research papers and reports because they have many meanings. The special issue of the LUMAT journal “Engaging learners in math and science through modern technologies” call for empirical or theoretical research papers, which shed light on learners’ engagement in mathematics and science learning using modern technology.

Deadlines and special issue timetable:

  • Submission deadline (full paper): September 30, 2021 
  • Feedback from editors: October 31, 2021
  • Submission of modified articles: November 30, 2021
  • Feedback from the 1st round of peer-review: January 15, 2021
  • Submission of modified papers after peer-review: February 28, 2022
  • Final decision: March 15, 2022
  • Publication of the issue: April 2022

We welcome both empirical as well as theoretical manuscripts in English. 

Acceptance criteria for the manuscripts are that they:

  • Are research-based and have not been previously published.
  • Contain the following subsections: 
    • Context/relevance of the study: Why the research was conducted.
    • Aim/research questions: What guided the research.
    • Theoretical framework/conceptual rationale/pragmatic grounding: How the current research is connected to the earlier studies.
    • Research methods and research design: How the research was conducted (both empirical and theoretical manuscripts are welcome).
    • Results (in theoretical manuscripts, the discussion on how the manuscript contributes to the earlier research can be combined with the discussion section and Result section might be omitted.
    • Discussion/Conclusions/Implications: How the research questions were answered, how the research results contribute to the field.
    • References in APA-style: Use the template on the journal website. 
  • Follow the academic research guidelines for ethical and professional academic publishing, such as: publishing original work, accurate and detailed findings and methodology, including those writers as authors that have contributed to the work significantly; including all the permissions to publish previously published content from the copyright holders; adhering to (personal) data protection legislation (confidential information, identifying individuals, etc.)
  • Are clearly written - English clarity and correct grammar are expected. If necessary, the authors are asked to proofread, and copy edit the manuscripts prior to the submission.

General paper submission guidelines can be found here.

Guest editors

Prof Jari Lavonen
Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education
University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Angela James
Academic Leader: Community Engagement
Senior Lecturer: Science Education
School of Education, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Managing editor:
Dr. Johannes Pernaa
LUMAT Editorial Team