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Education (Theory and Practice)

This guide focuses on UK education, with the collection mainly held at the IOE Library.

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 online, but we also hold a considerable amount of titles in print, both in the library and in our stores:

  • 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 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 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 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 trade publication is Teach Primary.