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Learning in Interaction

How do students learn in schools? What role do individual differences play in learning? How can you improve learning environments to optimally help students learn and develop?

Common to all processes referred to in the questions above, is that they take place while and because we interact. Interaction is the motor of learning and development, and therefore key to improving education.

While we all can recognize these interactions, in this master’s track you will learn to take a scientific, evidence-based approach to better examine these day-to-day interactions. This master zooms in on the complex processes through which we learn academic subjects, develop cognitive and meta-cognitive skills, and acquire social competencies.

Different theoretical perspectives and didactic approaches come together in this master’s track. You will understand learning processes in context, and be capable to examine the challenges that arise in optimizing learning environments to learners' needs.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Educational Sciences
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60099
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • revolves around learning processes
  • Current research meets education and practice
  • Close collaboration with staff in their research project
  • One-year internationally oriented master
Programme

The track is designed to provide you with a blend of skills, theoretical background and practical experience required to understand learning processes and to (re)design learning environments.

Courses cover diverse evidence-based perspectives on learning processes and key characteristics of learners and context. This will enable you to apply design principles for optimal learning environments. In your research project (research proposal and thesis) you will work in small groups, guided by a staff member. Your research will be embedded in the research currently conducted by our researchers, so you can profit from our updated expertise and academic experience.

Connecting your academic training to practice is the focus on the internship. Here you will work within an organization (a school, university, publisher of educational materials, etc.) in trying to address a real issue where your expertise as educational scientist is needed.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
*Methods and Techniques for Evaluation Research (5 EC)

The course offers in-depth knowledge, insights and skills related to quantitative empirical research, with a special focus on (quasi) experimental evaluation research.

Learning in Human Interaction (5 EC)

Focuses on the centrality of human interaction in learning and development. Examines theoretical underpinnings and empirical evidence about the most important sources of human interactions in educational settings: the interaction of learners with their teachers, and their interaction with peers.

*Master thesis (25 EC)

Students conduct their final research project, from research question to the scientific, written report: the Master's Thesis. Students work in close collaboration with their supervisor, in a thesis projects that is well-embedded in active research lines of our staff members.

Learning in Interaction with Artefacts (5 EC)

Focuses on design principles and roles of learners in interaction with different sorts of artefacts, and on the unique learning opportunities that interaction with artefacts can offer.

*Internship (5 or 10 EC)

Students apply their expertise as educational scientists to tackle a real question embedded in an educational organization. 5 EC internship: see https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/gmw/vak/show?code=PAMAOW02 / 10 EC internship see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/gmw/vak/show?code=PAMAOW03

(If 5 EC Internship is chosen): Educational Organization & Management (5 EC)

This module teaches students about the organization and management of educational institutes. The starting point is the different approaches to organizing a school that stem from various perspectives on organizations.

Student Diversity in the (Inclusive) Classroom (5 EC)

This course acts as a framework to the track, from which the limitations of the principle “support meets needs” are analyzed. Relevant themes are the role of teachers and the design of learning environments to support learning given multiple sources of student diversity.

Reflection in & on Learning (5 EC)

How do students learn and how does metacognition influence learning? Metacognition is an important concept in cognitive theory. It consists of two basic processes occurring simultaneously: monitoring your progress as you learn, and making changes and adapting your strategies if you perceive you are not doing so well. The course focuses on the big ideas about metacognition.

Curriculum

Courses marked * are general courses

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Consult about the possibilities with the programme coordinator.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Applicants might be invited to hold a (Skype/FacteTime) interview with the Admission Board as part of the application procedure.

knowledge minimum

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if you would qualify for this. For more information about the premaster have a look at the SPO site: http://spo-groningen.nl/premaster-statistics-and-research-methodology/

previous education

Related higher professional education (hbo): ALO, PABO of PA, hbo-pedagogiek, HKP, HPO, HSAO, 4-jarige tweedegraads lerarenopleidingen en hbo-psychologie.

For unrelated HBO / university degree you need to submit an admission request (with CV and copy of diploma and grade lists) to: admission committee.pedok rug.nl Information about the pre-master: www.spo-groningen.nl

written request

Students with a

  • Bachelor's degree in Pedagogical Sciences from a university other than the University of Groningen
  • Bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences from a university other than the University of Groningen
  • Unrelated higher education (hbo) or university degree

must submit an application for admission (with CV and copy of diploma and grade lists) via https://www.rug.nl/gmw/pedagogy-and-educational-sciences/education/master/aanvraag-toelating-master-pedok

other admission requirements

Important: International students who need unconditional admission to apply for a scholarship need apply to the programme at least 2 months previous to the scholarship application deadline.

Registration procedure

To apply for this programme, first go to Studielink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System).
See the application procedure for some guidance in OAS

Then, please upload the following documents in OAS:

  • a copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our programme (both original language and translated in English)
  • a copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English)
  • a copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (except for native speakers)
  • a copy of your passport or ID card
  • a letter of motivation

If you have any doubts about your application, please contact us at: mailto:studyadvice.peduc rug.nl

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

for details see 'ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, previous education' (below)

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Pedagogical SciencesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Educational SciencesAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

applies to students with a bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences obtained at a university other than the RUG, see ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, written request (below).

Academic training primary school teacherAll Research universities

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • written request
More information:

applies to students with a bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences from a university other than the RUG, see ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, written request (below).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

Applicants might be invited to hold a (Skype/FacteTime) interview with the Admission Board as part of the application procedure.

previous education

BA - or BSc in the Educational Sciences or in one of the other Social Sciences

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Registration procedure

Please register through StudieLink. After you have submitted your details in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with the information necessary to activate your user account for OAS (the Online Application System).

See the following website for some guidance in OAS: https://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/

Please upload the following documents in OAS:

* a copy of the (Bachelor) diploma on the basis of which you ask admission to our programme (both original language and translated in English)
* a copy of your transcript of records (both original language and translated in English)
* a copy of your results for one of the mentioned English tests (except for native speakers)
* a copy of your passport or ID card
* a letter of motivation

If you have any doubts about your application, please contact us at bss.msc.admission@rug.nl.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 September 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Job examples

  • Educational consultant

    in all sectors of public and private education, as well as in public and private training.

  • Developer of educational materials

    for any level of education, from primary- to higher-education.

Research

Our research is conducted within the Groningen Institute for Educational Research (GION), which allows for smooth connections between the research we do and the courses we teach. This means that your research project (Master's thesis) will be supervised by active researchers in the field and that your project will be closely connected to a larger research initiative.

On the GION web pages you can also find examples of current research.

Staff members Learning in Interaction

prof. dr. Jan-Willem Strijbos
expertise: technology-enhanced learning; collaborative learning; peer assessment and feedback.

prof. dr. Alexander Minnaert
expertise: motivational social-emotional, neurological, and (meta)cognitive aspects in development and (gifted) student learning, implementation of educational innovations aiming at development, self-regulated, collaborative learning and inclusion.

dr. Jasperina Brouwer
expertise: higher education; workplace learning.

dr Marjolein Deunk
expertise: teacher-child interactions; language and literacy development; early childhood education and care; discourse analysis; cultural diversity in education; differentiation.

dr. Danny Kostons
expertise: self-regulated learning, executive functioning, eye-tracking.

dr. Mayra Mascareño Lara
expertise: classroom interactions; instructional quality; development in early childhood.

dr. Alma Spijkerboer
expertise: developmental psychology, neuropsychology, executive functioning, digital learning environments, self-regulating learning and reading comprehension in secondary education.







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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Learning in Interaction, please contact:

  • Academic Advisor Educational Sciences
    Email: studyadvice.peduc rug.nl
  • Admissions Office
    Email: bss.msc.admission rug.nl
  • Dr. Mayra Mascareño (staff member)
    Email: m.n.mascareno.lara rug.nl
    Telephone: +31 (0)50 363 6912

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Study associations

ODIOM

ODIOM is the study association for Pedagogy and Educational Sciences, Academic Teacher-Training for Primary Education and the SPO switching program.
ODIOM has over 700 members. The activities of ODIOM include: lectures, excursions to (ortho-) pedagogical institutions, foreign travel, the introduction camp for freshmen, sporting and social activities and drinks and parties. Members receive the ODIOM magazine and a discount on all study books.
https://www.odiom.nl/
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Student profile

You

  • are an educational professional
  • are interested in the analysis and improvement of practices aimed at the promotion of student learning
  • would like to update your academic knowledge and academic and professional skills