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Analyzing Classroom Interactions

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

The University of Groningen is a pioneer in its dedication to interactional data, including the departments of Developmental Psychology, Educational Sciences, Special Needs Education and Youth Care at the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and department of Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts. In this summer school, we will bring together the methodological expertise from the University of Groningen, as well as national and international colleagues, providing you with the opportunity to learn about different approaches and methods used within the paradigm of educational interactions.

Building on a unique combination of different disciplinary perspectives, this summer school will appeal to students and early career researchers with an interest, and potentially data, in interaction and learning; it will also welcome applicants without any previous training in the subject, who are interested in exploring classroom interaction as a subject for the continuation of their academic career. Learning, inside and outside schools, happens in interaction between children and their teachers, parents, and peers. It takes human interaction to learn to talk, to do math, to collaborate and to learn autonomously. Research on educational interactions has grown tremendously in the past decade. It reveals important insights for educational improvement. This summer school will offer a broad range of methods to capture and analyse classroom interactions.

During the summer school, you will have a chance to attend and take active part in lectures and workshops from leading experts. Techniques that will be addressed range from gathering and coding interactional data, to analyzing these data using qualitative and quantitative methods. Bringing in your own data for analysis and discussion is highly encouraged.

Practial information

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

Dates & location July 2022 (tbc), Groningen, the Netherlands
Level BSc/MSc/PhD/Postdoc/Early career researchers
Fees 2020

€ 260 (excluding housing)
€ 534 (including housing)
Reduced fees for participants of the EARLI-SIG conference: € 210 (excluding housing); € 484 (including housing)

Academic coordinators

Dr. Elisa Kupers, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dr. Mayra Mascareno, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dr. Naomi de Ruiter, Faculty of UCG
Dr. Myrte Gosen, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Marjolein Deunk, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dr. Frans Hiddink, NHL/ Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • describe the theoretical underpinnings of micro-analytic research on classroom interactions
  • formulate your own research questions
  • set up a design for research on classroom interactions
  • analyze data on classroom interactions using state-of-the-art techniques

Participants who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school.


The summer school is primarily intended for graduate students to early career researchers, but will be open to advanced undergraduate students who are willing to take on an inspiring challenge.
No specific prior knowledge or experience is required. Undergraduate students will need to have already acquired 120 ECTS in their bachelor programme. It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Short bios lecturers
Naomi de Ruiter
Naomi de Ruiter

Naomi de Ruiter is an Assistant Professor in Social Sciences at the University College Groningen of the University of Groningen. She completed her PhD (2015) in developmental psychology under the supervision of Paul van Geert and Saskia Kunnen at the University of Groningen. With her PhD, she proposed a theoretical framework of self-esteem as dynamically situated in parent-child interactions, and she tested the underlying claims of this framework in empirical studies of real-time parent-adolescent interactions. Since then, she has gone on to study naturalistic teacher-student interactions in the classroom in order to better understand how ability mindsets are situated in real-time interactions. This line of research is funded by a National Education Sciences postdoc grant (2016), conducted at Utrecht University. She has published her work in international journals in the field of developmental and social psychology, and has received various awards and acknowledgments for her research. She uses various timeserial methods to study the structure and content of moment-to-moment interactional processes, including Fractal analyses, State Space Grids, Kohonen’s Self-Organizing Maps, and T-patterns.

Myrthe Gosen

Myrte Gosen

Myrte Gosen is an Assistant Professor in Communication and Information Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She received her Ph.D. from the same university in 2012. Her PhD dissertation is titled Tracing learning in interaction. An analysis of shared reading of picture books at kindergarten and shows a research interest at the interface between education and communication. She has a particular interest in classroom interactions in relation to knowledge and she uses the qualitative methodology of conversation analysis to identify the fundamental structures and practices in interaction that are related to knowledge construction. Amongst others, she is carrying out work to explore the interactional characteristics of (the development of) understanding of mathematics in primary education.

Elisa Kupers

Elisa Kupers

Elisa Kupers is an Associate Professor at the department of Special Needs Education and Youth Care at the University of Groningen. She obtained her PhD in 2014 in developmental psychology, with a thesis on scaffolding and autonomy in teacher-student interactions in individual music lessons. In order to capture the complexity of teacher-student interactions, she uses combinations of qualitative and quantitative research methods to analyze data from various sources, such as observations and daily diaries. Currently, she is involved in various research projects with a focus on (special) educational needs, engagement, and creativity of both students and teachers.

Maya Mascareno
Mayra Mascareño Lara

Mayra Mascareño Lara is Assistant Professor in Educational Sciences, University of Groningen. Her PhD dissertation Learning opportunities in kindergarten classrooms: Teacher child interactions and developmental outcomes (2014) received the qualification cum laude and prize for Best Dissertation in Educational Sciences in 2014 in the Netherlands and Flanders (VOR-VFO). Her research focuses on deepening our understanding of the effects of education on young students’ outcomes, particularly on those who experience social and educational disadvantages. A key feature of her research is the combination of observational approaches with novel and sophisticated methods of analysis, with the aim to capture the complexity of naturalistic educational processes. Examples of this are micro-analysis of interactions, with focus on patterns and sequential relations in real-time; or person-oriented approaches that reveal the co-occurrence of individual and context characteristics. Her research has been published in highly relevant journals in the field of educational sciences and developmental psychology.


Jan-Willem Strijbos

Jan-Willem Strijbos is a Full Professor of the Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He received his Master degree from the Radboud University Nijmegen in 1999 and the PhD degree (with honors) from the Open University of the Netherlands in 2004. From 2005 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral researcher and Assistant Professor in the Institute for Child and Education Studies at the Leiden University in the Netherlands. From 2011 to 2016, he was a Professor of the Department of Psychology at the LMU Munich in Germany. He was coordinator of the Special Interest Group 1 (“Assessment & Evaluation”) of EARLI from 2015-2017. He is a member of the Scientific Board for Computers in Human Behavior and edited four special issues on topics such as “CSCL methodology” (Learning and Instruction, 2007), “roles in CSCL” (Computers in Human Behavior, 2010), and “formative peer assessment and peer feedback” (Learning and Instruction, 2010; European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2018). His research focuses on the design, implementation, and effectiveness of interactive learning practices (collaborative learning, peer assessment and feedback, learning communities) in physical and virtual settings.

Tom Koole
Tom Koole

Tom Koole is Professor of Language and Social Interaction at the University of Groningen. He has used conversation analysis to investigate classroom interaction, emergency calls and health communication. He is also a visiting professor in the Health Communication Research Unit of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His present research is concerned with the use in interaction of linguistic and embodied tokens of understanding. He has published in international journals such as Research on Language and Social Interaction, Discourse Studies, Linguistics and Education and Journal of Pragmatics.

Karianne Skovholt

Karianne Skovholt is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science at the University of South-Eastern Norway.  She has worked in teacher education since 2010 and has given lectures in subjects as Norwegian didactics, critical literacy, conversation analysis and critical discourse analysis. Her main research methodology is conversation analysis, and her general research interest is how teachers use conversation as a tool for their professional practice. She has investigated teacher-student interactions in whole class teaching, in group work, in supervision and in oral examinations. From 2018-2021, Karianne leads the intervention project CAiTE (Conversation Analytic innovation for Teacher Education), funded by The Research Council of Norway.


You will stay at Upsilon International Students House. This newly built residence is beautifully located between the city centre of Groningen and the University campus. There is a coffee corner at the main entrance and a rooftop where you can enjoy the sunset. You will have a fully furnished private room, with its own bathroom and toilet. The kitchen/living room is shared with approx. 8 other students, and offers you a place to have dinner or to play a (board) game with your fellow summer school students.


The kitchens are fully equipped with electric stoves, ovens, fridges, freezers, etc. and of course pots and pans. Please note that food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is not included unless otherwise specified by your summer school. You should count on spending approximately €15-20 per day on meals, snacks, coffee/tea and/or other refreshments.


The housing service is optional, please indicate on your online application form if you want to have accommodation arranged for you. If you agree to have housing arranged for you, you will be offered a standard package with the following conditions:

  • Standard rental from Saturday 4 July to Saturday 11 July for € 274 (7 nights). This includes cleaning, bed package (duvet, pillow + linen) and basic kitchen utensils.
  • Check-in is on Saturdays between 2 PM and 10 PM or Sundays between 2 PM and 4 PM. The central summer school office will be there to welcome you.
  • Check-out is on Saturday before 10 AM.
  • Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel after 17 June are liable to pay the full amount for housing.

Please note that the international student house is a regular home and not hotel-quality accommodation. If you prefer to stay in other accommodation, please make use of one of the many hotels in Groningen.

  • Naomi de Ruiter
  • Myrte Gosen
  • Elisa Kupers
  • Mayra Mascareño Lara
  • Jan-Willem Strijbos
  • Tom Koole
  • Hanne de Jaegher
  • Karianne Skovholt

Last modified:31 March 2020 10.22 a.m.