Commitment and scope

Living Educational Theory research: Doing educational research differently.

The Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS) is committed to making educational knowledge freely accessible by publishing living-educational-theory accounts of practitioner-researchers from a wide range of global, social, cultural and professional contexts. Researchers generate their living-educational-theories as their values-based ‘explanations for their educational influences in their own learning, the learning of others and the learning of social formations’ (Whitehead, 1989) in the process of researching questions such as, 'How do I improve what I am doing'. At the heart of Living Educational Theory research is the realisation in practice of the humanitarian, life-enhancing values of global citizens.

Living Educational Theory research is a form of educational practitioner research that enables anyone, whatever their location, discipline or field of practice, to realise their responsibilities to be professional as a practitioner contributing to their community of practice and as a global citizen contributing to a world where humanity can increasingly flourish.

Communication, access to information and the ability to contribute to global knowledge bases and discourses is greater than it has ever been. This presents a challenge to us all to adopt a professional approach to developing our educational practice as global citizens in a world comprising virtual and physical spaces, by researching it. Virtual spaces offer both challenges and opportunities for educational practitioner researchers to communicate the educational knowledge they create to other people situated in diverse contexts around the world.

If you have questions, queries or feel in need of a bit of support before you submit a paper please do get in touch. We can't promise to be able to help but we will try and we would be delighted to hear from you.  We would also welcome expressions of interest. Marie Huxtable [email protected] (on behalf of the EJOLTs Editorial Board)

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The Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS) is committed to publishing living-educational-theory (often shortened to living-theory) accounts of practitioner-researchers from a wide range of global, social, cultural and professional contexts. We welcome submissions from all engaged in Living Educational Theory research (often shortened to Living Theory) who wish to contribute rigorous and valid accounts of their living-educational-theories to improving educational knowledge. EJOLTs offers distinctive, stimulating opportunities for creativity, learning and spreading knowledge of educational influences in learning; learning which carries hope for the flourishing of our individual and collective humanity.

The journal focuses on the living-educational-theories of practitioner-researchers. Researchers generate their living-educational-theories as their values-based ‘explanations for their educational influences in their own learning, the learning of others and the learning of social formations’ (Whitehead, 1989) in the process of researching questions such as, 'How do I improve what I am doing'. The values at the heart of Living Educational Theory research (often shortened to Living Theory research) are the life-enhancing values that are relational and ontological, in the sense that they give meaning and purpose to the lives of individuals and groups. They are values that carry hope for the future of humanity, such as love, freedom, justice, compassion, courage, care and democracy.

To learn more about Living Educational Theory research watch this video, and visit and join the conversations in the EJOLTS community space, and on EJOLTs Facebook and Living Theory Facebook group and EJOLTs on LinkedIn.

Open-Access Statement:

EJOLTS is an Open Access journal and it embraces the idea that educational research is for extending learning for the flourishing of humanity. Therefore, the research published in the journal is provided online, free of charge and is openly accessible to all. All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY-NC).

EJOLTS embraces a Diamond Open Access policy in that it requires no article processing charges (APCs) or submission fees. The focus of EJOLTS’ Diamond Open Access policy is on publishing works of highly rigorous academic standard while ensuring that knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination are free and open to all.

Editorial Board