Stirling Centre for Research into Curriculum Making

The Stirling Centre for Research into Curriculum Making (SCRCM) develops and undertakes original research into curriculum making, engages in knowledge exchange with policy makers and practitioners to develop the curriculum across education systems, and disseminates research through face-to-face events and webinars. 

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About the centre

The Stirling Centre for Research into Curriculum Making, founded in October 2023, is led by Professor Mark Priestley and builds on the work of the previous Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies, established in 2016.

Curriculum making

The notion of curriculum making is based upon the premise that curricula are constructed – made – across multiple sites of activity within education systems, and that curriculum can be studied as social practice. As a foundation for the Centre, the following definition of curriculum is adopted:

The multi-layered social practices, including content selection, infrastructure, pedagogy and assessment, through which education is structured, enacted and evaluated, with at least three dimensions:

  • the notion of curriculum as social practice; something ‘made’ by practitioners and other actors, including young people, working with each other;
  • the idea that curriculum is made across multiple ‘sites of activity’ within education systems, and by interactions among educational settings, places beyond classrooms, and wider civic society;
  • the multitude of practices which comprise curriculum [1].

This approach entails analysis of the ecology of curriculum making – the development of systemic understanding of how the different components of curriculum work together across education systems to enable the development of coherent programmes. Thus, the Centre develops research across the full panoply of activities which comprise curriculum making, from discourse formation, to policy framing, to practical curriculum making in various educational settings (schools, colleges, early years settings, HE, community/non-formal).

[1] Priestley, M., Philippou, S., Alvunger, D. & Soini, T. (2021). Curriculum Making: A conceptual framing. In: M. Priestley, D. Alvunger, S. Philippou. & T. Soini, Curriculum making in Europe: policy and practice within and across diverse contexts. Bingley: Emerald.

Areas of expertise

SCRCM has considerable expertise in a range of areas related to curriculum making, as well as across qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. At the centre of our work is Curriculum Making: Theory, Policy, Practice, with related specialities including:

  • Children's Rights, Participation and Inclusion (leads: John I’Anson, Stella Mouroutsou)
  • Curriculum and Society (lead: Marina Shapira)
  • Environmental and Sustainability Education (leads: Greg Mannion, Lizzie Rushton)
  • Humanities Curriculum (lead: Joe Smith)
  • STEM Curriculum (leads: Alison Hennessy, Andrea Priestley)

Contact us

If you are interested in being more involved with SCRCM 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 contact us.

Forthcoming events

SCRCM organises various types of event, aimed at academics, practitioners and policy makers. These include a series of regular webinars, as well as larger scale face-to-face events held on the University campus.

Currently available events are as follows:


Topic Speaker Date and time Location Registration link
Curriculum Making and Teacher Agency Professor Mark Priestley, University of Stirling, drawing upon his recent work on curriculum making

Thursday 5 October

16:00 - 17:30

Online Register for Curriculum Making and Teacher Agency at Eventbrite
Ensuring Curricular Justice for Students: Insights into Teaching Practices Associate Professor Stewart Riddle from the University of South Queensland Monday 6 November Online Register for Ensuring Curricular Justice for Students: Insights into Teaching Practices at Eventbrite
From learning outcomes to curriculum: An educational approach Professor Gert Biesta from the University of Edinburgh TBC Online TBC


Topic Speaker Date and time Location How to attend
Decolonising the Curriculum – reflections on challenges and opportunities from academia, policy and practice This face -to-face event will adopt a question panel format, and feature Professor Lizzie Rushton (chair, University of Stirling), Dr Haira Gandolfi (University of Cambridge), Professor Joao Paraskeva (University of Strathclyde), Nuzhat Uthmani (University of Stirling) and Melina Valdelievre (Education Scotland)

Monday 27 November

16:00 - 18:00

Environmental and Sustainability Education TBC TBC TBC TBC
Children’s agency and curriculum making TBC TBC TBC TBC