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Professor Mark Priestley


Education 4S14 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

Professor Mark Priestley

About me

I am currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies. I started my career in education as a teacher of History, working in a number of secondary schools in England and New Zealand, where I also taught Geography, RE, Humanities and Social Studies. In New Zealand, I was the Coordinating Lecturer of Christchurch College of Education's Nelson campus from January 1999 until June 2000. Since arriving at the former School of Education at Stirling in 2001, I have taken on a number of roles. I was Director of Initial Teacher Education between 2004 and 2007, and Director of the First Year Educational Studies Programme between 2009 and 2011. I have also undertaken several external roles, including:

  • Scottish Government: member of the Curriculum and Assessment Board (2017-present)
  • Welsh Government: member of the Curriculum and Assessment Group (2016-present)
  • Scottish Government: member of the National Improvement Strategic Group (2016-2017)
  • Scottish Educational Review: Editor (2007-2010); Chair of the Editorial Board (2011-2014).
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA): Co-opted Council member (2013-2017); Chair of the Academic Publications Committee (2014-2017).
  • Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA): Co-opted member of the Executve Committee (2013-2015).
  • Curriculum Inquiry: Member of the International Editorial Board (2015-present)
  • European Educational Research Association: Co-Convenor of Network 3, Curriculum Innovation (2014-present).
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science: DTC Education Pathway Convenor (2014-present).
  • External examining: UCL/IoE MA in Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (2016-present); University of Edinburgh MSc Education and MSc Educational Research (2012-2015); Doctoral external examiner (University of Glasgow, University of Ulster, Newcastle University, Lancaster University, University of Edinburgh).
In relation to Doctoral supervision, I welcome inquires relating to the area of curriculum studies: curriculum theory, curriculum policy, curriculum development. Current supervision includes:

  • Curriculum reform in Malaysia
  • Curriculum reform in Uganda
  • Curriculum policy development in Scotland
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum in Scotland
  • Schools that exceed expecations
  • Mediation of curriculum policy in Scotland and Wales
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