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Curriculum Studies Special Interest Group

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ESAI Curriculum Studies Special Interest Group

Curriculum Studies SIG

Maynooth University in collaboration with colleagues in Dublin City University (DCU), University of Limerick (UL), Mary Immaculate College, and Trinity College Dublin (TCD)  with the support of funding from Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) lead a Special Interest Group on Curriculum Studies. This SIG comes at a time when the field of curriculum studies is experiencing vibrancy here in Ireland and abroad.

Curriculum Studies SIG Team

  • Dr Majella Dempsey (Maynooth University) – SIG Lead
  • Dr Audrey Doyle (Dublin City University) – Co-lead
  • Professor Anne Looney (Dublin City University)
  • Nikoloz Maglaperidze (Maynooth University)
  • Professor Damian Murchan (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Dr Emmanuel O’Grady (Mary Immaculate College)
  • Dr John O’Reilly (University of Limerick)


Curriculum Studies

This SIG in Curriculum Studies will be relevant across all levels of education from early childhood to third level and further education. With this SIG we want to build understanding and to influence curriculum development through engaged dialogue. The focus is to look at curriculum origins, policy and practice. Inquiry into origins encourages us to consider where curricula come from. What are their intellectual, conceptual and empirical foundations? What are the past socio-political influences that shape their present conception and development? Inquiry into policy explores the development of competing and complementary ways of thinking about curriculum, their realisation through policy development, and the enactment of curricular practices in school, other educational institutions and non-formal educational settings. Inquiry into practices allows us to focus on a range of issues, including policy development processes, learning and teaching, assessment and organisational issues such as provision and access.

We welcome your interest and hope to build a vibrant group of curriculum thinkers and makers over the coming years. To join our mailing list please fill in this short form


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1st ESAI Curriculum Studies Special Interest Group Research Conference


Mapping the Field of Curriculum Studies Research in Ireland 

June 16th 2023 09.00 – 14.00 in DCU All Hallows Campus 

Keynote adress by Professor Daniel Alvunger, Linnaeus University, Sweden

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To present at the conference email for conference call.


Poster for Curriculum Studies SIG Event