JCRL Forum.
Bell, Diana Calhoun
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Name: Journal of College Reading and Learning Publisher: College Reading and Learning Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Education Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 College Reading and Learning Association ISSN: 1079-0195
Date: Fall, 2010 Source Volume: 41 Source Issue: 1

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The Journal of College Reading and Learning announces a significant change in the format of the Journal. Our regular readers will notice that Theory to Practice has been renamed JCRL Forum. After much discussion, the editors realized that the section heading Theory to Practice tended to be limiting to our contributors because it specifically asked authors to describe the ways in which theory and practice intersect. While we still welcome manuscripts that are specific examples of theoretically based, research-supported practice, we feel as though other kinds of topics would be interesting to our readership. For example, an author might investigate a new technological phenomenon, provide a critical review or response to a recently published manuscript, or present classroom- based action research. Our idea is to create conversations. As such, we invite non-traditional pieces, including letters to the editor, which create and sustain interesting theoretical and pedagogical exchanges.

The pieces included in this inaugural JCRL Forum issue aptly demonstrate the range of suitable topics. For example, Karen Bromley's Picture a World without Pens, Pencils, and Paper: The Unanticipated Future of Reading and Writ ing looks at the shift in the way reading occurs in our postmodern society. She urges us to "imagine" the shifting terrain of reading, writing and education and asks what we do now "to accommodate struggling learners and those who have grown up in a digital age who often use technology more adeptly than the tools of traditional literacy." The second JCRL Forum piece, Note Launchers: Promoting Active Reading of Mathematics Textbooks, continues the literacy theme by asserting that "the densely-packed technical material within mathematics textbooks may be prohibitive for students who are not quantitatively literate." Here, the authors connect theory and practice in a more traditional way, by introducing a program that integrates reading and mathematics instruction in order to "facilitate students' abilities to make sense of complex material." These contributions underscore our commitment to introduce intriguing and, perhaps even, controversial topics that can jumpstart intellectual, practical or theoretical discussions about students and learning.

Articles for the Forum should be less than 2,500 words in length. Ideally, we plan to run two JCRL Forum pieces per issue. JCRL Forum pieces are chosen by consensus of the Editor and Managing Editors. As with all manuscripts, authors are required to follow the APA 6th edition and should follow the writing style recommendations in Chapters 2 and 3.

Beth Moreno, Arun John, Kellee Crawford and I sincerely hope that all of you enjoy the Fall 2010 issue of the Journal of College Reading and Learning. Congratulations and thanks to all of our contributors. To our prestigious editorial board and to the leadership of College Reading and Learning, many thanks for all of your hard work and support. Enjoy!

Sincerely, Diana Calhoun Bell
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