Dr Joseph Smith


Education University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Joseph Smith

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About me

I joined the University of Stirling in 2015 following spells at Edge Hill and Liverpool Hope Universities. Before moving into higher education, I was head of history at a comprehensive school. I am a Fellow of The Royal Historical Society and was made an Honorary Fellow of The Historical Association in July 2023.

I teach and research the school history curriculum, the professional identities of history teachers and the intersections between these. I completed my first degree in history at the University of Cambridge, before studying for a PGCE and Masters at Lancaster. I completed my doctorate at the Keele University in 2015, with a thesis which considered the importance of the history education discourse in the identity formation of practising history teachers and the role of this enacted identity in policy contestation.

I am an Associate Editor of The Curriculum Journal and was formerly Editor of Scottish Educational Review. I am the external examiner for the MA Humanities routes UCL/ IoE and for the PGCE History at Edge Hill University.

I teach on the Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education Programme and the MSc Education Studies. I am keen to hear from students with an interest in curriculum ideologies, curriculum policy, and curriculum enactment. I am especially interested in hearing from students with a research interest in the school history curriculum.


Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Research (4)

History education  Historical epistemology  History pedagogy  The politics of history education History curriculum policy Teacher knowledge Teacher identity and resistance.


Historical education, identities and political socialization in contemporary Spain, 1970-2022
PI: Dr Joseph Smith
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

British Curriculum Forum Grant Consultancy
PI: Dr Joseph Smith
Funded by: British Educational Research Association

Inverness Creative Curriculum
PI: Professor Mark Priestley
Funded by: Education Scotland

A Qualitative investigation of the Epistemic Socialisation of Scottish History Teachers
PI: Dr Joseph Smith
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

Outputs (31)


Book Chapter

Smith J (2024) History in the Curriculum. In: Rata E (ed.) Research Handbook on Curriculum and Education. Elgar, pp. 354-367. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/research-handbook-on-curriculum-and-education-9781802208535.html

Book Chapter

Chapman A & Smith J (2023) Narration and Equivocation: Locating State, Nation and Empire in the Pre-university History Examination Syllabi of England and Scotland. In: History Education at the Edge of the Nation: Political Autonomy, Educational Reforms, and Memory-shaping in European Periphery. Global Histories of Education. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 245-272. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-27246-2_11


Smith J, Doherty R & Mercieca D (2023) Editorial. Scottish Educational Review, 54 (2), pp. 147-148. https://doi.org/10.1163/27730840-bja10008

Research Report

Doyle S & Smith J (2022) An empirical evaluation of ‘big questions’ as an organisational framework for interdisciplinary social studies in a Scottish high school. BERA. London. https://www.bera.ac.uk/publication/an-empirical-evaluation-of-big-questions-as-an-organisational-framework-for-interdisciplinary-social-studies-in-a-scottish-high-school


Smith J & Doherty R (2022) From the Editors. Smith J (Editor) & Doherty R (Editor) Scottish Educational Review, 54 (1), pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1163/27730840-54010001


Smith J (2022) The ethics of knowledge in curriculum design (Presentation), 04.03.2022. https://www.gtcs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/the-ethics-of-knowledge-in-curriculum-design-provocation-dr-joe-smith.pdf


Doherty R & Smith J (2021) From the Editors. Scottish Educational Review, 53 (1), pp. 1-2. https://brill.com/view/journals/ser/53/1/article-p1_1.xml


Smith J & Doherty R (2020) From the Editors. Scottish Educational Review, 52 (2), pp. 1-3.

Book Chapter

Smith J (2018) History. In: Bryce T, Humes W, Gillies D & Kennedy A (eds.) Scottish Education. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 440-445.

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Smith J (2016) National Identity and the Scottish History Curriculum. HEIRNET 2016: History Educators International Research Network Conference, University of Murcia, Spain, 05.09.2016-07.09.2016. http://www.cvent.com/events/history-educators-international-research-network-heirnet-conference-2016/custom-22-57676ed7a599422b8dddde3640ecf5c7.aspx