JLS 2019 Reviewer of the Year Recognition

Each year scores of learning scientists volunteer to donate their time and energy to reviewing the scholarship of their peers for JLS. These reviews are the labor that gives the journal its value to the field, and that enable the community to continue to grow and redefine itself over time. JLS prides itself on providing reviews that are thorough and constructive, that hold up scholarly standards while inviting newcomers into the intellectual community. We sincerely appreciate the contributions of all of the scholars who have provided reviews for JLS over the last year.

As noted by the editorial team at JLS, there are always some reviewers who go above and beyond the expected commitment. Sometimes that is in the form of putting in extra effort to mentor a junior scholar with support and explanation to scaffold the process of authoring a journal manuscript. Sometimes it takes the form of providing reviews that are not only thorough but also timely. Sometimes a reviewer who has already completed multiple reviews for the journal will agree to do just one more review, despite the press of many other commitments. These acts of generosity and collegial dedication are generally invisible to all but the members of the editorial team. There is a solid core of such reviewers for JLS, and each year some new ones emerge.

This year we would like to recognize two members of the community whose reviewing stands out as exceptionally productive and generous. Criteria for election are: (1) completing multiple reviews for the journal that are (2) thorough and (3) timely; that (4) provide mentorship to authors; and (5) reflect core values and practices of the field.

We are very pleased to recognize as this year’s JLS Reviewers of the Year:

Edna Tan, PhD
School of Education
UNC Greensboro

Carrie Allen, PhD
College of Education
University of North Texas


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JLS Outstanding Paper (2022): Utilizing dance resources for learning and engagement in STEM

This paper authored by Folashadé Solomon, Dionne Champion, Mariah Steele and Tracey Wright received the Outstanding Paper Award from the Journal of the Learning Sciences. As the selection panel comments, “By employing culturally responsive pedagogy, the authors established a connection between the learning of physics and dance education, thereby promoting access and equity…The meticulous analysis provided insights into how dance, as an embodied form of knowledge, facilitated a transformation in the black girls’ relationship with physics.”