Call for Papers


Knowledge Management & E-Learning (KM&EL)

(Indexed by Scopus)


Special Issue on


Concept Mapping & Pedagogic Frailty


Guest Editors


Prof. Ian M. Kinchin

Department of Higher Education,

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK



Prof. Paulo R. M. Correia

School of Arts, Sciences & Humanities,

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil



This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to exploration of the potential of pedagogic frailty and its components as revealed through concept mapping. The idea of pedagogic frailty (Kinchin, 2015) has been developed to promote a simultaneous focus on a number of key factors that contribute to teaching development and the enhancement of the student learning experience. These factors include the values discourse that underpins teaching, the relationship between the discipline and its pedagogy, the role of the research-teaching nexus and the locus of control that determines how teaching is organized and regulated. The key to determining pedagogic frailty is the ways in which these dimensions are connected (Figure 1). In this regard, the application of concept mapping has been crucial – showing the variability in interpretation from one discipline to another and one academic to another (Kinchin et al., 2016).


Figure 1: The dimensions of pedagogic frailty.



In this call we invite papers that explore advances in the theorization and application of pedagogic frailty as revealed by Novakian concept mapping in post-compulsory education. Papers should contribute to discussion about the enhancement of the student experience and/or the professional development of university teachers.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Interrogation of the pedagogic frailty model – in part or in whole
  • Enhancement of academic/faculty development through concept mapping
  • Developing a shared values literacy through concept mapping
  • Describing the values systems that underpin university teaching
  • Academic professional identities
  • Autoethnography as method in constructing teacher narratives
  • Teaching issues faced by international faculty
  • Teacher agency vs. pedagogic frailty
  • Ecological models of teacher development
  • Visualising teaching discourse through concept mapping
  • Relating the structure of disciplines to conceptions of teaching
  • The application of frailty profiles in institutional development
  • Examination of the structure of the research-teaching nexus
  • The role of disciplinary threshold concepts within knowledge structures
  • Examining quality assurance of university teaching
  • Examining causes of stress and burnout among university teachers
  • Exploring the nature of teacher resilience


This issue is designed to elicit both theoretical and applied papers that describe efforts to consider the enhancement of university teaching through the lens of Novakian concept mapping and/or pedagogic frailty in novel contexts using innovative theoretical frameworks that will help to embed the model into academic practice more widely.


For informal discussions about the suitability of potential submissions, please contact the special issue editors, or



1.     Kinchin, I. M. (2015). Pedagogic frailty: an initial consideration of aetiology and prognosis. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). 9th – 11th December, Celtic Manor, Wales.

2.     Kinchin, I. M., Alpay, E., Curtis, K., Franklind, J., Riverse, C., & Winstonef, N. E. (2016). Charting the elements of pedagogic frailty. Educational Research, 58(1), 1 – 23.


Important Dates  


Submission of paper outlines/abstract (500-750 words): February – March 2017

Submission due: 1st May, 2017

Notification of acceptance: 1st July, 2017

Publication schedule: September, 2017 (Vol. 9. No. 3)


Submission Instructions


Electronic submission by email to Guest Editor is required (

***Please include “KM&EL Submission” in the e-mail subject line***


Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL


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