What to look for from an article (in a nutshell)
Trade journals contain practical information for professionals in the field, including lesson plan strategies, news, trends, and other updates. The articles in a trade journal can be all over the map, however, so here are some guidelines to refer to when choosing articles for your EDUC 111 assignment.
DO use an article on your topic if:
- It comes from the list of publications to the right of this box.
- The article fulfills any recommendations your instructor has about length. (Usually articles in trade journals will be about 1-3 pages, but some are longer.)
- There is a list of references at the end (usually around 1-3, but sometimes there will be more).
- The language is simple and straightforward. Some professional jargon is OK.
- It is written by an expert or professional in the field of education. (Check the end of the article for information about the author!)
- It contains pictures and/or colorful graphics.
DON'T use an article if:
- It is incredibly long (10+ pages).
- It is split into sections (Intro, Background, Methods, etc).
- It contains data, original research, and many charts.
REMEMBER these are just guidelines, not hard and fast rules! If you're not sure if an article you've found is the correct type, you can always ask a librarian or your instructor for help.
Education Trade / Practitioner Journals
(written for professionals in the field and interested non-specialists)
Sometimes include references / works cited
--usually around 3-5, but sometimes more, sometimes less
Evaluated by an editor usually an expert in the field, but articles are not peer-reviewed
(not as long as journals, but often longer than magazines).
May include pictures and advertisements.
Less formal articles of immediate practical use.
In education, this often includes lesson plans and advice from expert teachers.
List of Common Trade Publications
The following is a list of common trade publications and their availability through Kimbel Library. Click on the title of the publication to browse individual issues or search within the publication for a specific topic.
American School (not available through Kimbel Library)
Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs)
Specialized Professional Associations are national organizations representing teachers, professional education faculty, and other school personnel. They each produce their own publications in addition to containing current standards for curriculum and educator preparation.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
International Reading Association (IRA)
International Technology Education Association (ITEA)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
American Library Association (ALA)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)