British Educational Research Association

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is a member-led charity to encourage educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and public benefit.

It is an association 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 awardsEdit


Among their publications they also have irregularly published material, and discontinued material that can be purchased from some book companies.[3]


  • 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. ^ "Occasional papers". British Educational Research Association. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.

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