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Aims and Scope

Scottish Educational Review (SER) publishes academic articles and research notes relating to the field of educational policy and practice. The journal also publishes a regular review of the proceedings of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament, as well as reviews of recently published books. We also publish the keynote addresses from the annual Scottish Educational Research Association conference.

The journal is written for academics and researchers in the field of education, teachers and managers in schools and local authorities and those concerned with the development and implementation of education policy. While some of the focus is Scottish, we aim to publish work that is of wider interest to the readership. We also publish work relating to education outwith Scotland, that may be of interest to a Scottish audience.

Availability of papers

SER is available in paper form by subscription. This website contains an archive of back issues (papers as downloadable PDF). The most recent edition is available as abstracts only, but all older articles are available in full back to 1997.

Peer Review

All research articles in this journal have been subject to systematic peer review, normally based on anonymised refereeing by two academic referees.

SER is not affiliated Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA), but enjoys close links with this organisation (for example SERA members receive SER as part of their annual subscription). Further information about SERA may be accessed at

Latest edition

  • From the Editors 50[2]
  • Kate Wall (2018) Building a bridge between pedagogy and methodology: emergent thinking on notions of quality in practitioner enquiry, Scottish Educational Review 50[2], 3-22.
  • Patrick O’Donnell, Kyle Smith And Aileen McGuigan (2018) The journey from Further Education to Higher Education: an investigation into the ‘lived experiences’ of learners as they transition into and through the first year of Higher Education, Scottish Educational Review 50[2], 23-38.
  • Emanuel Mizzi (2018) Educators’ attitudes at an informal learning environment in the society of Christian doctrine in Malta: insights for teacher education, Scottish Educational Review 50[2], 39-53.
  • Yvonne Bain And Donald Gray (2018) The professional development of teacher educators in Scotland: researcherly dispositions and tensions, Scottish Educational Review 50[2], 54-72.
  • Anne Pirrie (2018) ‘It’s a grand thing to get leave to live’: the educational legacy of Nan Shepherd, Scottish Educational Review 50[2], 73-85.
  • Morag Redford (2018) Education in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Educational Review 50[2], 86-99.
  • Book reviews 50[2] 
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