The Buckingham Journal of Education edited by Max Coates

The first edition of the Buckingham Journal of Education is focussed on curriculum. The authors range across its history, design, development, impact  and social implications. The peer reviewed articles traverse a wide range of dimensions and perspectives around the curriculum.

Overall, the articles present an eclectic mix of thinkers and their thinking on education. The span of the articles is not intended to be totally coherent. However, they are thought-provoking and perhaps even controversial. They will certainly enliven the long overdue debate about the redesign of the UK curriculum, but they also have traction within the international education community. Perhaps it is a case of changing times, changing curriculum.

This inaugural volume joins this debate about schooling and its function and intention. It has a significant focus on the challenges of creating a curriculum which is contemporary, relevant and future-proofed, and which contributes to areas such as equity, employability and well-being.

Article titles:

Max Coates

The Changing Secondary Curriculum in England
Barnaby Lenon

From The Sorbonne to Surbiton – The Improbable Origins of the English Curriculum
Max Coates

Crossing the Threshold: Enhancing Opportunities For Practical Enquiry in School Science Through Threshold Concepts
Mark Deacon

Thoughts Concerning Standardisation and The Assembly Line of Learning
Andrew Hammond

Anthropology of Evaluation: The ‘Macabre Constant’
Pierre Frath

Beginning Teacher Learning in School – University Partnerships: Understanding The Complexities of Developing Beginning-Teacher Knowledge in a Partnership Setting
Brian Marsh

Designing A Curriculum for Creativity
Emma Webster

Social Mobility
Barnaby Lenon

Does Absence Make The Heart Grow Fonder? – Students Perspectives of Curriculum, Absenteeism and Their Pursuit of the Good Life
Simon Edwards, Evie Parmar

Putting A Sticking Plaster On A Gaping Wound – Exploring the Provision Being Made in English Secondary Schools to Support Mental Health and Mental Well-being
Max Coates, Domini Bingham


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