Call for papers 55


Call for papers Sinéctica 55

July-December 2020


Theme: Non-academic learning in educational practices*


Submissions deadline: February 17, 2020


Guest coordinators:

Dr. Juan Carlos Silas Casillas (ITESO-México)

Dr. Susana Cuevas de la Garza (Universidad Iberoamericana León-México)



Societies, since ancient times, have established different types of institutions and educational practices to train their citizens, especially the youngest. Sometimes, these are complex educational systems, with levels and outcomes functionally differentiated; in others, from rather simple or generic institutions or even independent educational initiatives with their own purposes and sources.

Reports of international organizations and educational ministries of many countries relate the level of development in the societies with a higher specialization of their educational systems and show that, as economic and cultural interconnection advances, the educational systems tend to orientate towards measurable and comparable competencies. In this sense, they take a similar shape, as well as the elements used to evaluate their impact and achievement.

It is frequent to find studies that analyze and compare achievements of individuals, institutions and educational systems in aspects such as mathematical skills, mastery of skills in the mother tongue or other languages of global importance, scientific thinking, among others. Tangible examples are the international tests “Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) or Teaching and Learning International Study”, or the Exam for Quality and Educational Achievement EXCALE, the National Evaluation of Academic Achievements in School Centers ENLACE and corresponding to the National Plan for the Evaluation of the learnings PLANEA in Mexico. The Latin American Laboratory for Quality Evaluation, with its comparative studies about the learning of mathematics, written language and natural sciences has gained prestige.

The tendency to evaluate and compare the results on a large scale has a pernicious effect that eclipses the non-academic learnings of the involved actors. The interest in finding elements to make comparisons leaves aside those that do not correspond to what is prescribed in a curricular way and ignores achievements that are obtained through non-formal educational practices or with different purposes. For some scholars, these "other learnings" are found within the hidden curriculum, in other words, they are skills and competences that are not explicitly intended (and, therefore, outside the evaluation systems), but which, for some reason, they develop and have some formative impact.

The learnings in areas such as academic self-esteem and scholar motivation, citizenship and formation, healthy lifestyle habits, social relationships, antisocial attitudes, introspection skills, construction of individual autonomy, collaborative work and much more, not being object of comparative valuation, are out of the eyes of academics, civil society and decision makers.

 In this sense, the number 55 of Sinéctica calls for the presentation of articles product of the  research that contribute to the analysis, debate and reflection on “other learning”, its characteristics, practices and consequences. It seeks to include research reports that show reflections and experiences that arise from both formal education at any level such as the non-formal education that accounts for educational practices in different contexts.


It is suggested to report experiences and results of educational practices in terms of:

• Social relations skills

• Attitudes and prosocial behaviors

• Assessment of one's performance

• Introspection skills

• Autonomy construction

• Moral development and reflexivity

• Capacity for innovation and creativity

• Collaborative work

• Skills in the use of technologies

• Gender awareness

• Generic competences

• Artistic community formation



Learning, personal transformation, autonomy, collaborative work, community formation, capacity for innovation and creativity, gender awareness, prosocial attitudes, prosocial behaviors, moral development


 * Articles must be sent through this same portal prior registration as an author. Texts in Spanish, English and Portuguese are received. Only unpublished works are accepted. All articles, without exception, will be judged by external specialists in a blind manner.