Integral curriculum review in the Netherlands: In need of dovetail joints

Nienke Nieveen, Wilmad Kuiper

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This chapter addresses the balancing act between curriculum guidance and curriculum space against the backdrop of an integral curriculum review at the national/macro level in the Netherlands, labelled ‘’. As part of this review initiative many choices have to be made, reflecting answers to the following two questions: What balance is needed between curriculum regulation at the macro level on the one side and the provision of curricular space for schools at the meso and the micro level on the other? And, what are the related responsibilities of all involved in the educational system web in order to make the curriculum change efforts successful? Before getting to tentative answers, the chapter will provide an introduction to curriculum policy in the Netherlands and will offer an overview of the motives, aims, approaches and preliminary results of The provisional answers include a set of research-informed principles for making the curriculum review efforts a success, including a call for dovetailing the various curriculum layers and for a strategic curriculum mix of room for school-specific decision-making, substantive guidance, support by exemplification and firm investments in professional development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurriculum making in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationPolicy and practice within and across diverse contexts
EditorsM. Priestley, D. Alvunger, S. Philippou, T. Soini
Place of PublicationBingley
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83867-735-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-83867-738-1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2021


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