Educational research investigates learning processes and educational work at different levels in the various educational sectors. Simultaneously, however, those who are being researched are also the ones who are affected by the findings of educational research. Approaches from the discipline of experimental science call for a different view of the topic of research and - in the tradition of field research - involve recognising that those who are conducting the research are themselves at least in part the focus of the research itself. Research projects which are focused on education are structured so as to encompass both problem-solving and theoretical modelling. In the scholarship-of-teaching approach, teachers examine and reflect on their own pedagogical practice. In contrast to those approaches where the application of the findings in practice occurs after the research, in this format and others, the research is part of a dynamic process where research results are applied and the results of this application form part of the next round of research in the form of a dialogue or a spiral form which may begin early in the process.  


The special issue on a particular theme give examples of how research and practice can be complementary, showing where the challenges and opportunities lie. At which points can dialogue be created? Who "benefits" most from this research? How can the benefits be applied to both researchers and practitioners? What are the aims? How do quantitative and qualitative approaches to research complement each other in the social research programme?

The articles will discuss theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches as well as concrete projects that focus on the interaction of educational research and educational practice. Methodological reflection, including a focus upon previously published research articles, would be most welcome. Researchers from all fields of education – formal, non-formal and informal - across all age-ranges and all academic disciplines relevant to educational research are invited.

bildungsforschung is an open-access online journal that aims to promote interdisciplinary scholarly exchange in the spirit of the open access movement. Submitted articles will undergo a peer-review process. 


If you are interested in contributing to the corresponding special issue, we would like to ask you to submit your contribution by 31 January 2022 at the latest. A decision on which articles are accepted will be made in June 2022 and the special issue will be published in autumn 2022. 

Submissions should be made via the electronic submission system of bildungsforschung. Further information on submission rules can be found at the following site:

We look forward to your submissions! 


Dr. Bettina Waffner (Learning Lab of the University of Duisburg-Essen)


Prof. Dr. Michael Kerres (Learning Lab of the University of Duisburg-Essen)