Gert Biesta: SUBMITTING WORK TO THE BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL

SUBMITTING WORK TO THE BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL
Dear PESA members,
Since 2018 I am part of the editorial team of four of the British Educational Research Journal. The journal, which is the ‘flagship’ journal of the British Educational Research Association, is a mainstream, peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish work across the wide range of methods and methodologies and disciplines and subj-disciplines of education. In practice this means that the journal publishes a significant amount of empirical research and, within that, a rather large number of papers that make use of quantitative data. When we submitted our ‘pitch’ for becoming the new editors of the journal – every four years the editorial team is refreshed – we did state the ambition to enhance the theoretical dimensions of educational scholarship, both within empirical research and in conversation with such research. We have tried to alter the direction of the journal a little through the publication of two hopefully provocative editorials, one with the title “Why the nature of educational research should remain contested. A statement from the new editors of the British Educational Research Journal,” (Aldridge et al., 2018) and one with the title “Why educational research should not just solve problems, but should cause them as well” (Biesta et al., 2019). While this has helped in initiating a slightly different conversation about the journal, we are well aware that everything depends on the kind of work authors submit to the journal. I am aware that there are nowadays a significant number of outlets for those writing in the philosophy of education. Yet I strongly believe that we should not just be in conversation with ourselves but also with the wider educational research community, including in those ‘corners’ where there is a strong presence of particular methods and methodologies. This brief message is just an invitation to consider BERJ as a possible outlet for your work and, more explicitly, for contributions that seek to broaden and deepen discussions about what educational research is and ought to be about.
Gert Biesta

Aldridge, D., Biesta, G.J.J., Filippakou, O. & Wainwright. E. (2018). Why the nature of educational research should remain contested. A statement from the new editors of the British Educational Research Journal. British Educational Research Journal 44(1), 1-4.
Biesta, G., Filippakou, O., Wainwright, E. & Aldridge, D. (2019). Editorial. Why educational research should not just solve problems, but should cause them as well. British Educational Research Journal 45(1), 1—4.

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