I also teach a course unit in systematic literature reviews.
Methodology plays a major role in the course units I teach, and is
necessary in order to achieve one goal of our programme: that
research results reach educational practice.
Closing the gap between research and educational practice: that
is the core idea behind the Evidence-Based Education programme.
There is a lot of research out there, but the findings won’t
necessarily reach educational settings. This has several reasons,
such as researchers being too focused on their own agendas and
practitioners not being able to fully understand what is actually
being communicated. This is known as a ‘translation’
problem. This track is designed to help our graduates master that
My areas of expertise are early childhood education, learning
and instruction, and learning opportunities in the classroom. There
is a whole combination of factors that make these areas
interesting. What I am mainly interested in is how interactions
among people help us learn. These interactions are shaped by many
different factors. These could be teacher’s characteristics,
their personal ideas about teaching, and of course, the
students’ characteristics. Everything shapes our interactions
and in the end interactions are key to learning.
This track is interesting for students who are interested in
improving education, students who are already embedded in
educational settings and feel the need to improve this context, and
students who want to think critically about educational change,
what it is based on and how it is implemented.
After this track there are many job opportunities for
educational scientists. Our graduates can become educational
consultants, policymakers, educational programme developers, school
principals. There is a wide range of career opportunities: from the
micro level of the educational system, focused on the improvement
of everyday classroom practice, to macro levels of the system
focusing on orienting future educational policies. The core is the
same, though: a critical, informed and rigorous approach to