Editorial: A case for diversity in educational research and educational practice

Gert Biesta, Emma Wainwright, David Aldridge

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In this editorial we explore how diversity might matter for educational research and educational practice. We highlight that diversity constitutes a value in itself and can be valued for its consequences. We suggest that valuing diversity doesn't mean that any diversity is simply acceptable. Diversity, so we argue, requires a criterion, and we suggest that democracy may be a relevant criterion for diversity. We also argue that diversity needs a reference point so that rather than talking about diversity in the abstract, it is important to explore in what particular contexts and settings diversity may matter. Against this background we highlight the importance of methodological, conceptual and theoretical diversity in educational research, also for the sake of the diversity of educational practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • diversity
  • educational practice
  • educational research
  • exclusion
  • inclusion
  • methodology
  • pluralism
  • theory
  • transclusion


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