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 www.sera.ac.uk/

Latest edition

  • From the Editors 52[2]
    Joseph Smith and Robert Doherty

  • Sera Networks: What Might the Covid-19 Pandemic Mean for Educational Research?
    By Joseph Smith and Robert Doherty

  • What Might the Covid Pandemic Mean for the Sera Poverty and Education Network?
    By Stephen J. Mckinney, John H. Mckendrick, Stuart Hall and Kevin Lowden

  • What Might the Covid Pandemic Mean for the Sera Inclusive Education Network?
    By Stella Mouroutsou

  • What Might the Covid Pandemic Mean for the Sera Early Career Researcher Network?
    Omolabake Fakunle, Anna Beck and Stella Mouroutsou

  • What Might the Covid Pandemic Mean for the Sera Pe Network (Scotpern)?
    By Nicola Carse and Shirley Gray

  • What Might the Covid Pandemic Mean for the Sera Theory and Philosophy of Education Network?
    By David Lewin and Philip Tonner

  • What Might the Covid Pandemic Mean for the Sera Leadership in Scottish Education Network (Sera Lisen)?
    By Joan Mowat

  • What Might the Covid Pandemic Mean for the Sera Early Years Network?
    By Liz Latto & Aline-Wendy Dunlop

  • The Normalcy of Racism In the School Experience of Students of Colour: “The Times When it Hurts”
    By Jacquelyn-Marie Kennelly and Stella Mouroutsou

  • Interdisciplinary Learning: Addressing the Implementation Gap
    By Julie Harvie

  • Fostering Teachers’ Understanding of Leadership Through A Programme of Professional Learning
    By Claire Cassidy, Joanna Holmes, Erin C. Ferguson and Donald Christie

  • Reshaping the Policy Landscape In Scottish Education, 2016-2020: the Limitations of Structural Reform
    By Walter Humes

  • Education In the Scottish Parliament
    By Morag Redford

  • Book Reviews