Researchers at the University of Stirling have published their research into the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) in Scotland.
The CfE is generally viewed as a landmark development in Scottish education which calls for a shift in classroom practices towards more pupil centred approaches to education. This is accompanied by a renewed view of teachers as professional developers of the curriculum and agents of change, and a new emphasis on flexible, local planning.
Dr Mark Priestley and Sarah Minty, of the School of Education at Stirling, carried out the research within a large local authority during 2011. Dr Priestley says: “Despite the far-reaching implications of this innovation, there has been little systematic research to date on the new curriculum. Our study partially fills this gap, primarily exploring teachers’ views of the new curriculum, and the nature and extent of implementation.”
The research was conducted in tandem with a Scottish Government funded partnership project, established between a Scottish local authority and the University of Stirling. The project contributed to the development of CfE within the authority by providing explicit support for curriculum development to a number of different networks of practitioners.
Dr Priestley continues: “The research aimed to identify effective practices of curriculum implementation and teachers’ professional learning in the context of CfE. It also produced insights to inform sustainable, large-scale curriculum change and support for teachers’ professional learning. We anticipate that the findings will help to positively inform existing changes to the curriculum within Scotland”.
The summary of the research findings are:
Dr Priestley concludes: “Our research points to a number of implications both for school practices and for future curriculum policy in Scotland – nationally and within local authorities. The research suggests that implementation has been less problematic where schools have been able to develop and articulate a clear vision for CfE.”
A research report is available for download from the project website at: http://www.ioe.stir.ac.uk/research/projects/documents/StirlingCfEresearch-report_March2012.pdf
For further information, contact Dr Mark Priestley of the School of Education at the University of Stirling: 01786 466272; firstname.lastname@example.org