British Educational Research Association

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The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is a member-led charity which exists to encourage educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and public benefit. According to its mission, it strives to ensure that the best quality evidence from educational research informs policy makers, practitioners and the general public and contributes to economic prosperity, cultural understanding, social cohesion and personal flourishing.

It is an association dedicated to promoting a researching culture within the academic field, and shaping guidance on policy and practice within the field.[1]

They provide a forum for academic discussion through holding conferences, disseminating material, publishing current research, and designating awards for research.[1] The association is open to researchers from any discipline.[1] Their publications have become a well known fixture for educational research, and provide an interdisciplinary approach that includes:"reports of experiments and surveys, discussions of conceptual and methodological issues and of underlying assumptions in educational research, accounts of research in progress, and book reviews."[2]

It is governed by an elected Council with its President serving a two-year term. It is run on a daily basis by a permanent office staff, headed by Nick Johnson.

Publications and Awards


Among their publications they also have irregularly published material, and discontinued material that can be purchased from some book companies. [4]


Meeting of Minds Fellowships BERA Doctoral Thesis Award BERA Masters Dissertation Award BERA Brian Simon Fellowship BERA John Nisbet Fellowship BCF/ BERA/ Routledge Curriculum Journal Prize BJET Fellowship BERJ Paper of the Year Curriculum Journal Paper of the Year


  1. ^ a b c "British Educational Research Association". Oxford Dictionary of Education. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "British Educational Research Journal". JournalSeek. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "British Educational Research Journal". Informaworld. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Occasional papers". British Educational Research Association. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 

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