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Special Interest Group

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 achievement, professional employment, social interactions, parental involvement, curriculum development, assessment issues and so on.

The ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education Special Interest Group is concerned with these and other related issues. The terms ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are acknowledged as problematic but are also commonly used and have recognition as relating to issues of colour and cultural racism with which the group will be concerned. There is a lot of support for this SIG as people feel that ‘race’ and ethnicity issues tend to get subsumed within more general papers concerning policy and pedagogy. We also intend to link up with the journal ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education as well as BERJ. This will further raise the profile of the SIG and also BERA and it will provide further outlets for researchers’ academic papers.

An argument against a SIG on ‘race’ and ethnicity may be that it could lead to marginalisation. However, the counter position is that of permeation which is at least if not more problematic. We have seen in BERA and also in the school system that permeation can often lead to dissipation and render these issues invisible. Moreover, the American Education Research Association, although a much larger organisation of course, has successfully employed discrete Special Interest Groups on ‘race’ and ethnicity issues. Aims of the group:

  • to provide a forum within BERA for researchers of ‘race’, ethnicity and education in which to share their research, exchange ideas and develop new ones
  • to raise the profile of ‘race’, ethnicity and education issues within the British Educational Research Association and in the academy more generally through the annual conference and by hosting seminars and encouraging the publishing of research papers within BERJ and other journals
  • to generate and develop the debate about ‘race’, ethnicity and education throughout the organisation as well as the educational community in general
  • to support and facilitate the development and quality of research in relation to these issues.

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SIG Convenors

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Diane Warner, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Diane Warner is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. She started in Education as a Primary school teacher and moved into Initial Teacher Education in 2004 working on campuses in the North and South of...

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Saima Salehjee, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education with STEM specialism at University of Glasgow

Dr Saima Salehjee is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Glasgow. She is responsible for teaching and research work with a particular emphasis on Science Education. Saima has received research grants to continue her research with...

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Christine Callender, Dr

Associate Professor in Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Dr Christine Callender is an Associate Professor in Education at UCL Institute of Education, London. She has worked in schools, colleges and in the higher education sector for over 20 years and has undertaken consultancies nationally and...

Content associated with this SIG

BERA Conference 2023 – Call for Abstract Reviewers

6 Feb 2023 - 17 Feb 2023

Would you be willing to act as a reviewer for abstracts submitted to the BERA Annual Conference 2023? To be involved, you will need to: be a BERA Member be available to referee abstracts...

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