BERA Research Commissions

BERA’s Research Commissions represented a new departure for the organisation. The aim of the Research Commissions was to identify and address issues that are of current importance for the study and practice of education. Each Research Commission shows how research can respond to the challenges and opportunities created by the changing nature of education, across the four UK jurisdictions.

In response to the open call to members to submit proposals, we were delighted to receive a high volume of exceptional applications (over 20) – in both quality and range. The Research Commissions provide an evidence base in important areas of educational research, which will help to set BERA’s strategic direction, and influence how it engages with other learned societies, with the Research Councils, with the UK Government and with the education community more broadly. The subjects chosen vary widely, but each Research Commission aimed to develop a community of researchers and practitioners, that will have a lasting impact. BERA intends to support further Research Commissions in the future.

The final reports of the Commissions reflect the views of their authors. While they do not necessarily aim to represent the position of all BERA members or indeed BERA itself, they do identify key issues for debate, and develop arguments on the basis of a wide range of excellent research evidence which is documented in the full reports. BERA is grateful for the hard work and efforts of all those involved in the Commission’s work.

Please click below to be directed to the individual Research Commission project pages and to view the final reports


‘Cost, Value and Quality in Professional Learning: promoting economic literacy in medical and teacher education.’

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Reviewing the Potential and Challenges of Developing STEAM Education through Creative Pedagogies for 21st Century Learning: how can school curricula be broadened towards a more responsive, dynamic and inclusive form of education?’ 

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Poverty and Policy Advocacy.

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