Part of CLS’s efforts to promote a dialogue on education and curriculum reform, the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) is organising a regional workshop focusing on Curriculum Reform in the Arab World. This workshop engages with curriculum reform in the region with a social justice-oriented approach. The workshop will take place in March 2022.
This workshop builds on CLS’s first conference on curriculum reform held in January and February 2021. The conference entitled “Rethinking the Curriculum in Lebanon and the Arab World – Reconciling ideologies and Pedagogies” engaged over 600 participants and 70 speakers from 15 different countries. The participants were researchers, academics, students, practitioners, and policymakers mainly from Arabic-speaking countries.
The conference explored current debates concerning curriculum theories, ideologies, approaches, and normative and empirical questions related to what to teach for future generations, why and how. It also examined the role of teachers in curriculum planning, reform, and implementation and opened the space for a critical engagement with the idea of the process of curriculum reform, including the main actors and the implications of the political, socio-economic and cultural contexts as well as sources of financial and technical support. To read more about the conference visit the conference page.
This workshop also builds on the main findings of the eight National Consultation sessions with main actors in the community across Lebanon in July and August 2021, led by the CLS.
CLS aims to continue facilitating the space to engage with and critically discuss issues related to curriculum reform with a social justice lens. For that, CLS is organising this specialist workshop in March 2022 with the aim to:
- Produce key documents based on solid research from the region that will lead knowledge production and policy change in the field of curriculum planning, design, and reform.
- Open the space for critical discussion on the issue of curriculum reform in the region in light of the political, socio-economic, and cultural changes that have been occuring in the region for over a decade and continue to unravel today.
- Link the role of the curriculum in these changes and formulate a vision for a better future for education in our region and our societies.
- Allow for more equitable and independent knowledge production processes related to curriculum reform from and for the region.
The main theme that the workshop will focus on attempts to reform the curriculum in the Arab World. In particular, we look for contributions around any or more of the following themes:
- The ideologies underpinning curriculum reform in the region.
- Processes of curriculum reform:
- How are curricula being reformed?
- What is informing curriculum reform?
- Who is participating in curriculum reform processes, and who is being excluded?
- How to unpack power dynamics that manifest in the processes of curriculum reform, for example: class, race, ethnicity, and/or coloniality.
- Curriculum in higher education and knowledge production:
- How are curriculum studies being taught and approached in initial teachers’ preparations and in research?
- Who is contributing to the thinking, conceptualising and debating of curriculum?
CLS is calling on researchers, academics, and practitioners in the region to conduct empirical research or an in-depth desk review on one of the above-stated themes. This research will be presented in the workshop in March 2022 and later published in a special issue.
CLS will commission six research projects to be presented during the workshop. Interested academics, researchers, and practitioners are encouraged to submit a 500-words abstract in Arabic or English that focus on one of the themes mentioned above.
The abstract should cover:
- The main research question
- The research methodology
- The significance of the study and its practical implications
Once the abstract has been selected, the researcher will be asked to submit a 5,000 words article of publishable quality. This article will be presented in the workshop and later published in a special issue.
We encourage contributions that adopt a critical and intersectional lens when approaching the issue of curriculum reform.
Please submit your abstracts to: email@example.com
Please include the following in the title: Curriculum workshop: Name of the Author, title of the article, date of submission
Selected authors will be paid $1000 upon the submission of the final article.
- Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 31 October 2021
- The final article should be submitted on 31.01.2022