A little spat is brewing in the research world. One of the small Scottish community has dared criticise the quality of presentations at the the annual Serafest, aka the conference of the Scottish Educational Research Association.
Linda Croxford, of Edinburgh University's Centre for Educational Sociology, complains in the association's newsletter that at last autumn's gathering in Dundee "a good session, with a blend of theory, research and practice was a gem in a sea of mediocrity".
What is the point of it all, Croxford asks. A more focused conference might improve the quality. At least the problem won't arise this year. The conference is being embraced (lost?) in a bigger European gathering - not that higher quality is thereby guaranteed.