News & Events


Below you will find the latest news and events for the Stirling Curriculum Network.

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Issue 1: The Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies Newsletter can be downloaded here.

18 August 2016: Director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies on the Network launch 


Upcoming Events

The Network will be hosting a series of high-profile events that will be free to delegates and 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 headteachers in curriculum development. The events taking place will be as follows:

  1. Curriculum: Theory and Practice
  2. School-based curriculum development
  3. Curriculum evaluation

 More information can be found here.

Previous Events

Curriculum Studies Education Summer School: Crossing boundaries: curriculum traditions meet

19th – 20th June 2017

On 19/20 June 2017 a summer school was held for research post-graduate students and early career researchers in curriculum studies at the University of Stirling. The topic of the summer school centred on understanding traditions in the curriculum domain and included input by prominent curriculum scholars. The summer school was organized by European Educational Research Association (EERA) Network 3 Curriculum Innovation in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice, Western University, Ontario.

Moreover, the summer school took place in tandem with the 3rd European Conference on Curriculum Studies that was also held at the University of Stirling.

3rd European Conference on Curriculum Studies, 16/17 June 2017

Curriculum: Theory, Policy, Practice

On 16/17 June 2017, the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies hosted the 3rd European Conference on Curriculum Studies at the University of Stirling. The event was attended by around 170 educators from around the world, and featured keynotes by Prof Lyn Yates (University of Melbourne) and Prof Nicholas Ng-A-Fook (university of Ottawa). Despite an unfortunate fire alarm on the first morning, which led to the evacuation of the Stirling Court Hotel a few minutes before kick-off, the event got off to a good start, with introductions by prof Mark Priestley (Director of the Curriculum Network) and Prof Malcom MacLeod (Senior Deputy Principal) and a speech from John Swinney (Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills). On the second day, the event featured a lively roundtable discussion on the subject of whether a curriculum should be knowledge rich, with inputs by Prof Bob Davies (Glasgow), Dr Laura Colucci-Gray (Aberdeen), Prof Peter Appelbaum (Arcadia) and Prof Vivienne Baumfield (Exeter).

Overall, the event was a great success; participants provided very positive feedback, and sessions were extremely well-attended for the full two days. We greatly look forward to the next event at Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland in 2019.

Curriculum Making: Sweden and Scotland Compared - 17 March 2017

In common with many countries, Scotland and Sweden have recently experienced cycles of national curriculum reform. In these two cases, reforms are quite distinctive (and different to one another in key respects; however, they share common features, including the centrality of teachers in curriculum-making at a school level. This seminar featured sessions by Professor Mark Priestley (Scotland) and Dr Daniel Alvunger (Sweden), which explored issues relating to these reforms. Professor Priestley argued for a more holistic approach to developing the curriculum involving new thinking about the multi-layered structure of curriculum making with different practices and functions at each layer, as policy intentions are translated into meaningful practice. Dr Alvunger provided a brief presentation of the work of the research group SITE at Linnæus University, Sweden and discussed the local recontextualisation and enactment of two recent Swedish educational reforms and their impact on teachers and teaching.

Who Is The Language Learner? - 10 March 2017

This free event brought together eminent speakers from the world of language teaching, including a keynote address by plenary talk by Stirling’s Carnegie Professor, Claire Kramsch (University of Berkeley). The event featured interactive workshops to enable discussion by delegates.

Curriculum development in Scotland: responding to the OECD review -  9 November 2016

This full day event focused on the challenge facing Scotland’s educational system following the 2015 publication of the OECD review of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The event featured keynotes from Professor Jan van den Akker, former Director of the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO), and Professor Mark Priestley, Director of the new Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies. A series of parallel workshops ran allowing for interactive discussion, themed around the OECD recommendations to: a] write a new, simplified narrative for CfE; b] strengthen the ‘middle’ curriculum development function of the system; and c] to enact the curriculum more effectively in schools. The event was free of charge due to generous sponsorship by the general Teaching Council for Scotland. 



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