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Mark Priestley

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Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

My main research interests concern the school curriculum, and especially the processes of curricular change. I was principal investigator of the 'The Social Practices of Curriculum Development in Highland Schools' research project and co-investigator for the ESRC funded 'Cultures of Curriculum Making in Schools and Colleges' project (both completed in 2008). Other research interests lie in the provision of the Social Subjects within Scotland's school curriculum. Current and recent research projects include Building upon success: extending and sustaining curriculum change in partnership with the Highland Council, and the ESRC funded Teacher Agency and Curriculum Change. I also led the recent ESRC funded Curriculum for the 21st Century seminar series. Project outputs (for example working papers) are available for these projects by following the links above. Follow my blog at http://mrpriestley.wordpress.com/


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    Mark Priestley
    Mark Priestley
    on 01/03/2013

    New book - available June 2013

    Priestley, M. & Biesta,. GJJ (Eds.) (2013, in press). Reinventing the Curriculum: New Trends in Curriculum Policy and Practice. London: Bloomsbury Academic


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    Mark Priestley
    Mark Priestley
    on 25/09/2012

    Recent publications

    Priestley, M., Robinson, S. & Biesta, G.J.J. (in press). Teacher Agency, Performativity and Curriculum Change: Reinventing the Teacher in the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence? In B. Jeffrey & G. Troman (Eds.), Performativity across UK education: ethnographic cases of its effects, agency and reconstructions. Painswick: E&E Publishing. Online at https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/3669

    Priestley, M., Edwards, R., Miller, K. & Priestley, A. (2012) Teacher agency in curriculum making: agents of change and spaces for manoeuvre, Curriculum Inquiry, 43[2], 191-214 .Online at https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/3119

    Priestley, M. & Minty, S. (2012). Curriculum for Excellence: 'A brilliant idea, but..'. A paper presented at the European Conference for Educational Research, 21 September 2012, Cadiz. Online at http://www.ioe.stir.ac.uk/research/publications/documents/CurriculumforExcellence.pdf

    Priestley, M., Biesta, G.J.J. & Robinson, S. (2012). Understanding teacher agency: The importance of relationships. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada, 13-17 April 2012. Online at http://www.ioe.stir.ac.uk/events/documents/Teacheragency_AERApaper_final.pdf

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