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Blog special issues

A special issue of the BERA Blog is a collection of between six and eight articles (including an editorial) on a particular theme. With over 30 special issues published to date, you will find collections on a diverse range of topics related to educational research.

Special issues are led by guest editors who are responsible for commissioning and collating the blog posts and writing the editorial. If you are interested in guest-editing a special issue of the BERA Blog, you will need to complete this proposal form and return it to

Call for proposals for a post-election special issue

We’re currently inviting proposals from guest editors with author teams for a BERA Blog special issue focused on the impact of the UK general election outcome on education. Read the full open call for proposals here. 

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The ECR journey: From inspiration to impact

The first ever BERA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Conference in May 2023, The ECR Journey: From inspiration to impact, celebrated the journey of ‘becoming’ an educational researcher. It was an...

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Researching gender and sexuality

Gender and sexualities research carries unique sensitivities and challenges that can create a range of barriers for postgraduate and early career educational researchers. The event Researching...

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Practitioner research in mathematics education

The Practitioner Research in Mathematics Education (PRiME) day conference is a long-standing event run by the BERA Mathematics Education special interest group in collaboration with the British...

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What are we educating for?

Although it has always been significant, the question of what we are educating for is now particularly important. There is growing consensus that the educational challenges we face require...

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Action research: Research into action

A number of BERA events between 2020 and 2022 enabled researchers to come together from a range of different education settings (primary, secondary, tertiary and higher education). These events...

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Spotlight on language and literacy

This special issue of the BERA Blog places a spotlight on educational research in the field of language and literacy. Covering a range of topics from modern language learning to language as an...


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