History of Network 3

During the first meeting of ECER in 1992, a proposal was put forward to start an European Curriculum Researchers Network (ECUNET). The positive response to this idea encouraged the initiators Jan van den Akker (the Netherlands) and Uwe Hameyer (Germany) to continue their efforts with planning a first European conference in the field of curriculum in 1994. About 100 colleagues from different countries joined this first conference. The major aim of the conference was to offer researchers an opportunity to present their findings and discuss them with research colleagues and other professionals who are interested in curriculum improvement.

With the start of EERA in 1994, ECUNET was embedded as Network 3. Jan van den Akker was convenor and Wilmad Kuiper (the Netherlands) co-convenor of the network activities up until 1998 and from then on Wilmad Kuiper (convenor) with as co-convenors Birgit Pepin (UK) and Sven-Erik Hansén (Finland).

In 2007, the title of the network changed into 'Curriculum innovation by schools and teachers'. The new name reflects a more focussed approach to curriculum issues of the current network.

Network Community Site

Network 3 runs a community website. 

Fell free to join!

NW 3 community site 


  • curriculum;
  • curriculum design/development;
  • educational change;
  • curriculum implementation;
  • professional development;
  • school development;
  • textbook development

Interview with Convenor ECER 2011