Stirling launches new Network for Curriculum Studies

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling has launched a new Network for Curriculum Studies today, 9 November 2016.

Building upon the Faculty’s internationally-renowned work in this area, the Network’s aim is to promote scholarship and global research in the area of curriculum studies, by bringing together scholars, policymakers and practitioners from around the world.

The launch event, opened by Minister for Further Education Shirley Ann Somerville MSP, addressed the challenge facing Scotland’s educational system and featured keynote addresses from Professor Jan van den Akker, former director of the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development, and Professor Mark Priestley, director of the new Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies.

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, Mark Priestley, said: “The launch of the Network for Curriculum Studies is a timely initiative: many education systems across the world have recently developed new forms of national curriculum with an increasing focus on the learner and the importance of teachers as school-based curriculum developers. These developments come at a time when education studies has been in decline, meaning that new approaches to developing curricular policy and practice are needed. Our new Network will help to stimulate dialogue on all education issues amongst international academics, policymakers and practitioners and address the challenges and demands facing our education systems.”

Minister for Further Education, Shirley Ann Somerville MSP, said: “The creation of the Curriculum Studies Network comes at an exciting time for Scottish education. A strong education system like Scotland’s needs this kind of constructive challenge and the dialogue generated by the Network will provide valuable insight, evidence and much food for thought.”

More information about the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies.

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