The CDN College Action Inquiry Research Network (CAIRN) Journal aims to be an important voice in the scholarship of the Scottish college sector. It aims to provide a forum to disseminate innovation, knowledge and critical insights through a variety of scholarly submissions. These will include: featured research articles, personal reflection articles and book reviews. In addition, we also seek short thoughtful descriptive narrative articles highlighting innovative practices aimed at enhancing and supporting educational core activities. 

There will be an emphasis on creating a practitioner-orientated publication that is committed to advancing scholarship and knowledge exchange. The intended audience includes those who teach and research within the sector; and those who lead, develop, manage and evaluate delivery provision.

CAIRN welcomes submissions addressing a broad spectrum of contemporary developments, issues and challenges impacting across the sector. Themes may include: 

  • Leadership; management and administration 
  • Education reform 
  • Student learning journey 
  • Vocational education and training 
  • Teaching, learning and assessment 
  • Theoretical and conceptual issues 
  • Professional issues 
  • Curriculum development 
  • Cultural change and structural developments 
  • Technological developments 

Also relevant are scholarly articles with international themes that place the Scottish college sector within the wider education policy field. Submissions that place the contemporary college system within a historical context are also welcome. 

CAIRN is committed to publishing refereed articles in an accessible and concise style with contributions from staff and practitioners across the sector, including those working with the sector. Featured research articles and personal reflective articles accepted for publication will offer original insights that discuss, scrutinize and debate on a range of contemporary contextual issues, policy matters and professional and structural trends within the sector. 

CAIRN Journal is being re-launched in summer 2024 as part of the CDN Research and Enhancement Centre’s provision. Watch this space for invitations to submit articles and participate in our network.