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. This means 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:
If you are interested in being more involved with the Curriculum Network and/or would like to be added to our mailing list to ensure you receive information and updates as soon as they are available please register your interest above.
Our Curriculum Network complements the work of the research groups in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and also involves members from other universities as well as policy makers, policy developers, practitioners and other interested stakeholders.
Professor Mark Priestley
Director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies, Professor of Education and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Fiona Copland
Professor of TESOL and Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Walter Humes
Dr Greg Mannion
Dr Marina Shapira
Dr Joe Smith
Dr Dalene Swanson
The Network will be advised by an international advisory group comprising senior policymakers and policy developers, and international curriculum scholars from other universities.
Strategic Director at Education Scotland
Professor Gert Biesta
Professor of Education and Director of Research in the Department of Education (Brunel University, London)
Dr Kathy Hibbert
Associate Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice in the Faculty of Education (Western University, Canada)
Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland
Senior curriculum researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development
Professor Anne Phelan
Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy (University of British Columbia)
Professor Stavroula Philippou
Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Teaching at the Department of Education (University of Cyprus)
Professor Ninni Wahlström
Professor of Education (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
Professor Dominic Wyse
Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education (University College London)
Professor Lyn Yates
Foundation Professor of Curriculum (University of Melbourne)
Below you will find the latest news and events for the Stirling Curriculum Network.
If you are interested in being more involved with the Curriculum Network and/or would like to be added to our mailing list to ensure you receive information and updates as soon as they are available please do so via the link below.
Issue 1: The Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies newsletter can be downloaded here
The Network will host a series of high-profile events, directed at senior policymakers, policy developers, practitioners and academics.
On 26th October 2017, 23rd November 2017 and 16th January 2018, the Stirling Network will host events organised as part of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) Excellence in Headship programme. The events will focus on raising the capacity of experienced head teachers in curriculum development. The events taking place will be as follows: