2020 was a massive year by any scale, and we're happy to share a selection of top content reflecting the year in Education. Have a browse below, or head over to the individual imprint pages for more. If you’re interested in writing for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an editor today.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Nick Melchior and Yoka Janssen, Springer Education Editorial Directors

Nick Melchior
Yoka Janssen

While 2020 has been a year of challenges for everyone, our programme saw the addition of hundreds of new textbooks, references works, monographs, edited collections and briefs. Some of the highlights include the 5th Handbook of Research in Educational Communications and Technology, the 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education, and the 2nd edition of the International Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices, as well as textbooks such as Science Education in Theory and Practice, CEFR-informed Learning, Teaching and Assessment and The Art of Modelling the Learning Process. Reconsidering Resilience in Education was our first book with an augmented reality cover.

Triggered by COVID-19 we experienced a huge upswing of both submissions and publications in our journals. From the very beginning we recognized our role as the need for continued access to research and learning has never been more important. Working with a.o. the World Health Organisation, we enabled immediate free access to over 70,000 articles, and continue to do so for all COVID-19 relevant research, including research on distance learning, educational (in)equality etc. The Springer Education journals team also welcomed 5 newcomers in SSCI: Cultural Studies in Science Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Journal of Educational Change, ZDM Mathematics Education and our very first OA journal, International Journal of STEM Education.

Milana Vernikova, Editor, Education Books, Palgrave Macmillan

Milana Vernikova

In a year with overlapping global crises, from the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic to sweeping social unrest and a racial reckoning spurred by the death of George Floyd, the Palgrave Education books list has continued to reflect the role of education in responding to societal challenges using an intersectional lens with a view towards social justice.

As local governments, teachers, parents, and students faced the daunting task of transitioning to remote learning in 2020, titles like Unschooling and Re-imagining Technology Enhanced Learning helped demystify unconventional paths to learning. We devoted the inaugural episode of the Social Science Matters podcast to the topic of school lunch and its significance to the social and emotional wellbeing of students.

We joined our authors in reaffirming our commitment to justice and equality in the movement for Black lives. These themes are reflected in our coverage, including the launch of the series Palgrave Studies in Race, Inequality and Social Justice in Education which confronts education’s role in reproducing racial inequality and calls for the dismantling of existing racist structures.

2020 emerged as another strong year for Palgrave Education handbooks, with the publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Work Education, The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education and The Palgrave Handbook of African Education and Indigenous Knowledge, all available now!