International activities

School-based curriculum reform in China

China is reforming its basic education curriculum. The project in the Gansu province and at the Northwest Normal University in Lanhzou in collaboration with SLO, ICLON at University Leiden and NCCT, the National Centre for School Curriculum and Textbook Development at the Ministry of Education in China explored how school-based curriculum development could be established and supported. Read more >>


A new basic education curriculum in Suriname

SLO has been actively participating in the development of the Surinamese basic education curriculum from 2008 until 2012. Our work consisted of activities supporting the complete range of curriculum development activities, such as establishing a curriculum framework, learning strands for the full basic education cycle, teaching and learning materials, implementing activities including professional development and evaluative activities. Read more >>


Improving testing at a school for secondary education in Aruba

An Aruban school had challenges with testing as a result of language barriers experienced by their students: While most students have different mother tongues, examination is done in Dutch. The school wished to improve the teacher's abilities to develop more adequate tests and the school wished to improve their pupil's results on those tests and examinations in order to enable them to continue their studies in the Netherlands higher educational system successfully. At the request of a school for secondary education in Aruba, SLO analysed the testing methodology applied by the school and supported the process of defining and enhancing the testing approach in 2012. Read more >>


Curriculum development and learning strands in Curacao

Foundational Education (FE) was implemented in the Antilles in 2002, which entailed a comprehensive innovation process. The final objectives of the eight education areas are crystallised into core objectives and intermediate objectives. In practice however, the developed curriculum documents still provide insufficient guidance for teachers. SLO has supported the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports carrying out a problem and context analysis. SLO also acted as a ‘critical friend’ by thinking along during the Learning Strands for Foundational Education project. In addition, a training module was designed to equip curriculum professionals with the right skills to develop the learning strands trajectory in a professional manner. Read more >> 


Courses in curriculum development in Suriname and Uganda

Recently, we developed a curriculum development course, in which all steps of the curriculum development cycle are incorporated. The course consists of 2-4 separate weeks, and renders a certificate if the delivered assignments meet the goals described for the course. The course comprises state of the art curriculum development knowledge, and allows for contextualization towards the local context. Read more >>


Luxembourg: Supporting upper secondary education curriculum development


In Luxembourg SLO supports the development of a new curriculum for upper secondary education. On request of SCRIPT, the responsible body residing under the Luxembourgish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, we help the development of an approach for the curriculum reform envisaged for the years to come. Read more >>


Saba: School-based curriculum development

On Saba, the Saba Comprehensive School is supported with activities leading to school-based curriculum development. The school follows the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and sends their pupils for continuing their students abroad either to The Caribbean, the US or the Netherlands. English is the mother tongue for most children, but the Dutch education tertiary system is mainly in Dutch.

On request of the Saba Comprehensive School SLO supports the school in developing a curriculum that serves all students, with their different needs and future job and study wishes.


Europe: Mathematics and Science knowledge base

SLO has developed the research and analysis plan for the SECURE project, and is currently busy writing the cross-country reports. This project is EU-FP7 funded and compares mathematics, science and technology education (MST) in 10 European countries. The project’s main objective is to provide relevant research data and translate them in recommendations that contribute to the debate among policy makers on science curricula and their objectives: balancing the needs between training future scientists and broader societal needs. See more >>


World: Contributions to education conferences

SLO wants to learn from curriculum experience around the world, and wishes to contribute to the international academic curriculum knowledge base. In order to do so, SLO participates in selected international forums and conferences. Through contributions to international conferences and articles in peer-reviewed journals, we share our curriculum knowledge with the international professional audience.  Through participating in paper presentations by and discussions with international colleagues, we monitor trends and innovations that could be of interest for The Netherlands.