van den Akker, Jan, "Building Bridges: How Research May improve Curriculum Policies and Classroom Practices," pp. 175-195 in Sheila M. Stoney, Ed., Beyond Lisbon 2010: Perspectives from Research and Development for Education Policy in Europe. CIDREE and NFER, 2010.


Explores ways that design and development research (D&DR) can strengthen curriculum policy making and classroom practices; reiterates the author's 2003 conceptualization of curriculum and curriculum development strategies; sets out key features of curriculum design and development research (preliminary investigation, theoretical embedding, empirical testing, documentation, analysis and refection on process and outcomes, evaluation); gives general format that design principles derived through this process should take; encourages international sharing of curriculum D&DR findings.

Broad Topical Focus

Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice, Curriculum Develpment, Organizaion, Design, Curricuum Research Domains and Structure, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Development as Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation, Curriculum Development Strategies


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