, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 211-213
Date: 19 Apr 2012

The education question in theory and the theory question in education—Introduction to the Special Issue

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This special issue focuses on educational theory and arose from the First International Theorising Education Conference of the Laboratory for Educational Theory (http://www.theorylab.co.uk), held at the University of Stirling in July 2010. TheoryLab was established as a space for the exploration of the work of theory in educational research and educational practice. There is an emphasis on experimentation, engagement and capacity building and of practices of theorising as critique, intervention and reframing. The conference invited participants to consider the theory question in education and the education question in theory. The conference itself was a lively affair, with participants engaging in some more experimental forms of exchange, which were captured, by them and by us, as ‘lines of flight’ (Deleuze and Guattari 1987, p. 161).

The papers that comprise this special issue capture some of the spirit of experimentation and certainly offer some new lines of flight. Lisbeth Lundahl co