Priestley, Mark, and Stavroula Philipou, "Curriculum Making as Social Practice: Complex Webs of Enactment," The Curriculum Journal, 29(No. 2, 2018), 151-158.


Introduces a set of seven reports (which follow this preview) on how curriculum is made from curriculum policies in seven settings (Australia, Finland, United Kingdom, Scotland, Cyprus, Canada, Estonia); these studies illustrate curriculum-making at national, local, and classroom levels and utilize various forms of research; they introduce concepts and strategies such as policy actors, shared sense-making, enactment with freedom, curriculum brokers, teacher agency, effect of local circumstances; as background, this introduction reports the state of curriculum-making as revealed in the literature of the field; the seven papers were first presented in a 2017 European Conference on Curriculum Studies and provide a rich and varied understanding of how curriculum-making is actually done.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Enactment and Teaching, Currriculum Decision-Making Processes, Curriculum Definitions, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Multiple/Mixed Forms of Inquiry

Type of Study

Case Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Implementation, Comparative Curriculum, Curriculum Development Strategies


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