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Special Interest Groups

SIG activities and events take place across the UK and members can be involved by attending SIG meetings and events or through participation in the SIG online communities.

The current SIGs are listed below. You can find out more details, including the names of the SIG convenors, by clicking on these links.

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Alternative Education

The Alternative Education SIG takes the broadest approach to ‘alternative’ that we can.  We are interested in all forms of out of school educational provision and with ‘alternative’...

Alternative Education

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Artificial and Human Intelligence

Over the last 30 years, the academic study of intelligence has been in a process of decline, but recently this has changed dramatically. The main catalyst for this change has been the growth of...

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Arts Based Educational Research

Arts Based Education Research aims to understand education through arts-based concepts, techniques and practice. Practitioners use a variety of arts-based methodologies to undertake their research...

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British Curriculum Forum

The British Curriculum Forum aims to bring together all those with an interest in collaborative curriculum, research and development. Through events, awards and grants, the BCF supports...

Forum

Children and Childhoods

The aim of Children and Childhoods SIG is to explicate, develop, and enhance understandings of children and young people and their childhoods. This includes: how childhoods are shaped socially,...

Children and Childhoods

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Comparative and International Education

Comparative and International Education is a vast, rich, and growing field of inquiry that is concerned with the academic study of a wide range of key educational issues and themes across a range...

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Creativities in Education

This SIG offers a space for researchers, policy makers and practitioners located in a wide variety of settings, to discuss and interact on matters of interest pertinent to creativity in education....

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Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy

The aim of the Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (CAP) SIG is to encourage and support research and other scholarly activity in the inter-related areas of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy...

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Early Career Researcher Network

The BERA Early Career Researcher Network aims to offer support for those who are in the process of completing their masters, doctorate or EdD in education, as well as those who have completed...

Network

Early Childhood Education and Care

The mission of the Early Childhood Education and Care SIG is to promote and disseminate high quality theoretical and empirical research on teaching and learning, development and well being, in...

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Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

The Educational  Effectiveness and Improvement  SIG is concerned with sharing, developing and disseminating research that explores, informs and improves outcomes in education. We are interested...

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Educational Leadership

This SIG is concerned with how educational institutions in all sectors (compulsory and post-compulsory; state and private) and all contexts are governed and managed, and how the personnel within...

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Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making

For various historical, political and epistemological reasons (which are well-documented in a range of sources), ‘evidence-based policy’ is not a neutral descriptor but instead seems to have...

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Educational Technology

The purpose of the Educational Technology SIG is to provide a meeting place for BERA members interested in the application and impact of new technologies in education across both curricular and...

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English in Education

The English in Education SIG will provide a forum for researchers to investigate what is a broad and complex area of knowledge – its starting point is the school subject of English --- but it...

English in Education

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Higher Education

The transition from elite to mass higher education systems is a significant global development that forms the broader context for educational research that seeks to understand the experiences of...

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History

The History SIG, a relatively new SIG within the BERA family, is a broad church for researchers and practitioners situated within the fields of history of education and history education to...

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Inclusive Education

The Inclusive Education SIG provides a forum for critical discussion about all aspects of inclusive education. Our concerns are with the substantive, methodological and ethical aspects of research...

IE2

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Independent Researchers’ Forum

The BERA Independent Researchers' forum is designed to support anyone in the field of educational research who is operating outside of academic institutions. The role of the Forum includes...

Forum

Literacy and Language

Members of this SIG have interests in exploring the relationship between language and literacy and work in related fields, such as cultural studies and multi-modality (the central focus is on...

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Mathematics Education

The SIG is linked to the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and aims to bring together researchers interested in a wide range of issues involving the teaching and...

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Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education

This SIG will bring together academics, practitioners and others who have a shared interest in mental health and wellbeing in relation to education. Within this special interest area, it aims...

Mental Health

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Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play

The aim of this SIG is to provide a focus for the wealth of outdoor learning research taking place in the UK, and beyond. We aim for this SIG to work closely with existing SIGs and to encourage...

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Philosophy of Education

The SIG is closely associated with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain  which is an associate society of BERA. We seek to foster debate on philosophically interesting issues...

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Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy

This SIG embraces educational research in the areas of physical education and sport in schools; physical education initial teacher training; and continuing professional development for teachers...

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Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning

The sector of post-compulsory education and lifelong learning is a wide and diverse one, covering areas such as the study of 14-19 education and training, further and higher education, adult...

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Race, Ethnicity and Education

‘Race’ and ethnicity continue to be major factors influencing children’s and adults’ experiences of education at all levels and in a variety of respects. These include academic...

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Religions, Values and Education

Our aims are: - To provide a forum within BERA for researchers of Religions, Values and Education in which to share their research and exchange ideas - To raise the profile of issues that...

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Research Methodology in Education

This SIG provides a forum for critical discussion of research methodology in education and for dialogue about innovation. Its interests are in all aspects of research methodology in education,...

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Science Education

The group’s interests include: formal science curricula practised in schools, colleges and universities; the promotion of public understanding of science through the media, museums, exhibitions...

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Sexualities and Gender

The Sexualities & Gender SIG provides a forum for educators and researchers with interest in sexualities in the context of education to discuss theory, policy and practice issues. Over the last...

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Social Justice

This SIG promotes dialogue on educational policies and practices at all levels in terms of supporting or inhibiting social justice. We are committed to developing a range of theoretical...

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Social Theory and Education

The Social Theory and Education SIG aims to support and develop theoretically informed educational research, to engage with and facilitate new social theory and to explore the relationships...

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Teacher Education and Development

The group covers research in initial teacher education, continuing professional development and teachers' careers.The aims of the Teacher Education and Development SIG are: to bring together...

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Youth Studies and Informal Education

The special interest of the SIG is in research and scholarship relating to theory, policy and practice issues in Youth Studies and Youth and Community Work.  These include: youth transitions and...

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