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Education (Curriculum Resources and Initial Teacher Education)

Journals and e-journals

Our journals collection aims to include the majority of UK journals and trade publications focusing on education, as well as a good selection of scholarly education journals published elsewhere. 

Most of our journals are available in electronic format, but we also hold a considerable amount of titles in print format, both in the library and in our stores. Access arrangements are as follows:

E-journals: these can be found via UCL Explore, which allows users to search at article level. To see whether UCL has online access to a specific journal, search the comprehensive list on Explore.  

IOE Pers: this collection is available on the open shelves in the Library on levels 3 and 4.  On level 4 you will find trade publications and journals in the Curriculum Resources collection.  This also include journals aimed specifically at young people, including those published by Philip Allan.  Using UCL Explore, search by Shelfmark for "Curriculum resources Pers" to see the list of hard-copy journals in Curriculum Resources.

Store Pers: items in this collection are kept in our off-site store in Wickford and need to be requested in advance (Monday to Friday) using the store request form

Types of periodical publications

Used to disseminate scholarly information that relates to a particular academic discipline. They are aimed at researchers and are often peer-reviewed, which means that articles are evaluated by experts in the field before publication to ensure the information in them is accurate and well presented. An example of an academic journal is the British Journal of Special Education

Generally printed on glossy paper (but can also be available online), they are aimed at a more general audience than academic journals and can include opinions and news items too. An example of a magazine is the Times Educational Supplement.  

Published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items. They can include a section on education, but are wide in scope. An example of a newspaper is The Guardian

Usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of a trade publication is Teach Primary.

Professional journals in your subject area: Subject associations

Subject associations play an important role for practicing teachers, and those learning to teach.  Most are subject specific and support their members through publications, case-studies, reports, forums and other forms of support and advice.  Often their publications will be a rich source of news, advice, action-research and reflective, practice-informed articles written by teachers, for teachers. 

IOE subscribes to many of the publications of subject associations across primary, secondary and post-16 education.  Many of these are available to access electronically, with some available only in hard-copy at IOE Library but others publicly available via open access platforms. 

We have collated information regarding the various associations, their publications, our holdings and any open access materials, via the link below.  

Education Magazine Archive

The Proquest Education Magazine Archive contains rich, full-text articles from a range of professional education publications, most notably for ITE researchers, including:

  • Times Educational Supplement (1919-2015)
  • Delta Kappa Gamma bulletin (1945-2013)
  • Mathematics Teaching (1955-2015). 

A wonderful resource for historic research in the field.

Journals for the classroom

The journals listed below are subject-specific journals aimed specifically at young people.  They are great resources to use in the classroom, and highly recommended as sources of inspiration for lesson planning. 

The journals aimed at key stage four and five subjects are excellent resources to help students gain experience in reading and using articles in their learning, and an effective resource for building skills required for transition to higher education.