Re‐educating the nation? A Curriculum Journal special issue on the new curriculum for Wales
13 May 2020
A new special issue of the Curriculum Journal, published simultaneously in English and Welsh, explores the many issues that arise when a country decides to rewrite the school curriculum – particularly when that rewriting entails a radical departure from a conventional subject‐based approach. Schools in Wales, particularly secondary schools, are preparing for a dramatic shift towards a more interdisciplinary and experiential education, which entails significant reforms to curriculum content, teaching and learning for all young people in maintained schools.
It is, special issue editors Sally Power and Chris Taylor write, ‘incumbent on the education research community… to examine the process of curriculum‐making, identify the successes and weaknesses of such reforms and lose to provide insights to those still involved in the process’. This special issue draws on a range of empirical studies undertaken during the design and development phase of the Curriculum for Wales. It brings together 10 papers that each examine a different aspect of the curriculum reform journey in Wales, providing more detail on the reforms and offering their insights into how this reform journey is going and what challenges still lie ahead.
See the full contents listing below. Three teams have also published articles on the BERA Blog summarising their research published in this special issue: