Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies

Since the turn of the millennium, and in response to global educational discourses, many education systems across the world have developed new forms of national curriculum, with an increasing focus on the centrality of the learner, the development of core competencies and the importance of teachers as school-based curriculum developers. These developments come at a time when curriculum studies has been in decline in both educational institutions such as schools and colleges (subject to formerly more prescriptive, teacher-proof curricula), and as an academic field of study within universities, meaning that new approaches to developing curricular policy and practice are occurring when there is a decline in the system capacity needed to fully maximise new policy intentions.

The Network aims to build understanding and to influence curriculum development at a number of inter-related levels:

  • The supra-level: to enhance understandings of the often contradictory and competing global discourses (e.g. OECD, European Union) that drive and shape curricular policy within and between nation states.
  • The macro-levelto feed into, influence and shape the processes whereby curricular policy is developed within nation states and other educational jurisdictions.
  • The meso-level: to develop fuller understanding of system dynamics in educational jurisdictions, and to help build capacity for system-wide curriculum development that reflects educational purposes.
  • The micro-level: to increase understanding of the processes through which curriculum is enacted in schools and other educational institutions and contexts, and to build capacity at this level for curriculum revisioning and development.
  • The nano-levelto understand curriculum as experienced by children, young people and adult learners, and to promote practices that take the needs of learners and communities into account.

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