BERA is a member-led charity that exists to encourage educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and the public benefit

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Promoting educational research

We believe that the development of a world-class education system depends on high quality educational research but this is field where policy decisions are often driven by ideology rather than robust evidence.

BERA draws on the findings of the best independent and critical studies to evaluate current polices and practices, to generate fresh thinking and to bring a humanising influence to bear on proposals for reform.

Researchers' resources

BERA produces a range of publications and other materials aimed at supporting the work of all those who are active in the field of educational research.

This includes our four highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, our influential ethical guidelines and charter for research staff, a series of research methods text books for those beginning their research careers, and a range of topic-specific web-only documents.

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Bera News

  • BERA Announces Inaugural John Nisbet Fellows

    BERA is delighted to announce the appointment of the first two BERA John Nisbet Fellows. Named in honour of our first President, these are awarded annually to one or more people who are deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to educational research over their career. The first two... Read More
  • Professor Anna Craft, founder of the BERA Creativity in Education SIG

    Anna Craft Professor Anna Craft, widely respected educational researcher and writer, and founder of the BERA Creativity in Education SIG passed away on August 11 2014, at age 52. Professor Craft worked for the Open University for 23 years. Arriving in 1991 as a lecturer,she was later promoted to... Read More
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