Research in Subject-matter Teaching and Learning (RISTAL) is an international journal that publishes original articles on research in subject-matter education ("Fachdidaktik"), that is, research on the teaching and learning of a particular subject or subject area. RISTAL is committed to an interdisciplinary perspective on subject-matter education, related to empirical, theoretical or methodological issues. Its aim is to foster comparative perspectives and a productive exchange of ideas among researchers in subject-matter education around the world.
The journal focuses on issues related to the teaching and learning of specific subjects in primary, secondary, or tertiary education. On the one hand, the journal specializes in comparative approaches and publishes articles which describe and analyze differences and similarities among theories, methods and research findings. On the other hand, the journal publishes research reports, theoretical, and methodological treatises devoted to subjects, if they are discussed in terms of their relevance to other subjects.
RISTAL accepts different research approaches focusing on subject matter topics and their conditions of teaching and learning. This includes quantitative as well as qualitative methods and discussions of theoretical issues. Specific to the journal are those approaches which apply to more than one subject-matter field, e.g. comparative approaches to subject-matter teaching and learning or common research frameworks.
In spite of the interest in comparative perspectives, RISTAL is devoted to the insight that learning is subject- or domain-specific. This is one of the main premises of subject-matter teaching and learning. Thus, although the focus of the journal is to explore broader themes and issues across different subjects and countries, the journal will address the subject-specificity of teaching and learning either from the perspective of a single subject, or from the perspective of two or more subjects. Research articles that focus on a single subject only should also discuss implications for other subjects.
RISTAL covers all subjects represented and taught in schools and at institutions of higher education. The articles will be published in English.