Some clarifications on educational research and practice

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This paper responds to some of the remarks made by Wyse et al. (2021) regarding
(Hordern, 2021), both of which were published as part of the Special Section on the Close-to-Practice (CtP) research initiative (BERJ, Volume 47, Issue 6). I discuss several claims made by Wyse et al. (2021) which have misrepresented my earlier paper (Hordern, 2021). I suggest that Wyse et al. (2021) have avoided tackling the principal criticisms of the close to practice initiative that I set out (Hordern, 2021), and instead focus their discussion on issues which are peripheral to my earlier arguments. Having responded to the substantive issues in the Wyse et al. (2021) paper, I briefly discuss the important contribution of another paper in the special section (Takayama & Nishioka, 2021) in the context of identifying a way forward for education as a professionally, or practice-orientated discipline. In the final section I explain why my earlier paper did not make allegations regarding imperialism and fetishism in relation to the participants in the CtP project or BERA itself (Wyse et al., 2021).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1254-1262
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number6
Early online date11 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2022


  • close to practice
  • educational knowledge
  • professional knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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