The field of educational research involves a constantly changing environment with influences from inside and outside the educational community having an effect.
The topic of Future Directions in The Educational Research Community allows all colleagues to identify the major questions, changes in their particular field, with emerging topics, methodological advances and other issues connected with the theme.
Following the 1st Edition of Hilary Place Papers which placed a specific focus on the impact of any educational research, the 2nd Edition has taken a wider brief examining specific topics across the field of education and involving cooperation at national or international level.
Thus the edition contains topics such as professional development, health and education links, together with subject areas such as modern foreign languages and primary-secondary school transitions, 14-19 curriculum and apprenticeships, through to specific conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and developmental coordination disorder.
Many of these involve multi agency or individual cooperation to be successful and it is pertinent to note that educational research is now very much engaged in a wider spectrum of activity, involving not only educational individuals, but health professionals, parents, community workers and workplace personnel.
The journal was two years in development and the first edition had five articles from members of staff and five summaries of their work from Doctoral students.
Future editions will include staff submissions, full articles from students, articles from academics world wide plus commentaries and book reviews.