Smyth, John and Shacklock, Geoffrey (1998) The politics and context of calls for cross‐sectoral collaborative research. Journal of Education Policy, 13 (2). pp. 265-273. ISSN 0268-0939

This paper focuses on the contemporary trend towards cross‐sectoral education research as a policy issue. It looks at the basis of the claims for collaborative research and questions the genesis of the press for these moves, the efficacy of some of the claims, and the largely unexamined source of what is becoming a fashionable tendency. The attempt is to try and get ‘inside’ the concept in the sense of understanding what it is that is driving calls for collaborative research as a broad policy issue, rather than ‘standing off and describing it.