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Interview with Frances Brill and Felicity Fletcher-Campbell

Frances Brill and Felicity Fletcher-Campbell, Co-Editors of Educational Research

This is the twenty-eighth audio interview in a series that Routledge is conducting with the editors of some of its key Education journals.

The interview page has been split into sections which can be quickly accessed by selecting any of the links below:


These interviews are aimed at students, educational researchers, academics and visitors to the Education Arena website who are interested in particular journals and would like to find out more.

Each interview provides information about the editors in question, details about the creation of their journal and its purpose and scope within the wider sphere of educational research. Each editor is also asked to offer advice, hints and tips to prospective authors who may be hoping to submit papers to their journal.

This twenty-eighth interview is with Frances Brill and Felicity Fletcher-Campbell, Co-Editors of Educational Research which is the journal of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which was established in 1958. Drawing upon research projects in universities and research centres worldwide, the journal is the leading international forum for informed thinking on issues of contemporary concern in education.

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Frances Brill and Felicity Fletcher-Campbell answer the questions

This interview took place at the Taylor & Francis Offices, Abingdon on 4th August, 2011



Q1: For researchers or students who have never encountered Educational Research, what is the journal about in a nutshell?

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Q2: What aspects of educational research does the journal represent?

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Q3: Who do you feel are your readership, your core audience?

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Q4: Are there any recent topics, papers and/or issues which you feel have been particularly successful? What do you see as the strengths of Educational Research as an academic journal compared to other titles in the field?

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Q5: What do you look for when considering articles and submissions?

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Q6: Each year the journal publishes a special, focus issue, could you provide more information on your programme.

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Q7: The journal publishes research studies, reviews, discussion pieces, in addition to short reports and book reviews. All these different types of papers discuss different aspects of educational research; how important is it that the journal includes such a broad spectrum of papers? What do you feel these different types of paper add to the journal?

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Q8: Are there any 'hot topics' or specific fields of study you feel will come to the fore in the next two-three years?

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Q9: What is the most contentious issue you have seen debated in the journal over recent years?

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Q10: What are your aspirations for the future of the journal?

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We also provide a transcription of this interview to overcome accessibility problems if you have hearing difficulties (or for those of you who may just prefer to read the interview).

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More about Frances Brill

Photo: Francis Brill

Dr Frances Brill has co-edited Educational Research since 2006, and previously served on the journal’s Editorial Board.

Frances is a Research Manager in the Centre for Assessment, Department for Research at the National Foundation for Educational Research in the United Kingdom. Her main research interest is literacy assessment in the primary education age range, and she has a specialist background in educational linguistics. She has managed and contributed to a wide range of literacy and assessment projects, from the development of classroom speaking and listening teacher-assessments for use by primary teachers to the trialling of national curriculum tests in English. She also provides literacy consultancy. Her teaching experience includes primary teaching and lecturing in linguistics. Frances is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and a Practitioner of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe.


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More about Felicity Fletcher-Campbell

Felicity has co-edited Educational Research since 2006.   She is Senior Lecturer (Inclusive Education) in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the Open University.  She works on postgraduate modules within the masters in education qualification and is also an academic co-ordinator and supervisor within the doctorate in education programme.

Prior to joining the Open University, Felicity was on the staff of the National Foundation for Educational Research for 20 years and led a range of research projects, mostly in the area of special educational needs and inclusive education.  She has undertaken a significant number of studies of the education of children in care and has been involved with most of the major initiatives in this area since it came into the public arena in the late 1980s.  From its inception in 1996 until 2006 she was the UK national co-ordinator for the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education;  she has participated in a number of international studies.

Before she entered into full-time research, Felicity taught in all phases of education.  Her doctorate was in the philosophy of education.


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Suggested Reading and Related Articles

Frances Brill and Felicity Fletcher-Campbell recommend the following articles from Educational Research:

Developing ethical and democratic citizens in a post-colonial context: citizenship education in Kenya
Volume 53, Issue 2
Paul K. Wainaina, Madeleine Arnot & Fatuma Chege

Parental involvement and children's readiness for school in China
Volume 53, Issue 1
Eva Y.H. Lau, Hui Li & Nirmala Rao

Virtual history: a socially networked pedagogy of enlightenment
Volume 52, Issue 3
Katherine Ellison & Carol Matthews

National curriculum assessment in England: how well has it worked? Perspectives from the UK, Europe and beyond
Volume 51, Issue 2
Chris Whetton

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