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theme|Lifespan Development and Socialization

Research themes

In the Orthopedagogy specialization the point of departure is the individual-in-context. Contexts include the family, peers, teachers, counselors but also the educational systems, welfare organizations, society and policy. Using a transactional, developmental and system-oriented perspective students in the Orthopedagogy specialization acquire knowledge on and can engage in research related to the assessment, decision making, and support of individuals and families that face challenges in various domains (e.g., learning, sensory-motor, cognitive, behavioral, socio-emotional, parenting); both from a basic as well as applied perspective. Ultimately, the goal is to contribute to (youth) care and educational settings that deliver high-quality equitable support such that individuals feel empowered to fully develop their potential, being able to flourish and participate in society. We have strong and long-lasting collaborations with societal and clinical partners nationally and internationally, and we try to involve youth, families and practitioners in our efforts as much as possible by taking a participatory approach.

Students in the Orthopedagogy specialization can choose for a clinical science traineeship allowing them to combine their scientific ambition with working in a clinical or educational setting. If students choose for the clinical science traineeship they can acquire the clinical (NVO) registration, which puts them in an optimal position for becoming a scientist-practitioner.

Research groups

The Orthopedagogy specialization is organized by the research units Child and Family Welfare and Inclusive and Special Needs Education.

Specialization coordinator: Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff (a.lichtwarck-aschoff

Multidisciplinary programme

The Research Master with specialization Orthopedagogy is part of the theme Lifespan development and Socialization within a multidisciplinary programme.

Theme courses Lifespan Development and Socialization (15 EC)
  • Lifespan development
  • Modelling interactions between persons and variables over time
  • Socialization
Specialization courses Orthopedagogy (10 EC)
  • Development, learning and instruction
  • Contextualized diagnostics and interventions
Elective courses Orthopedagogy (10 EC)
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Research in clinical neuropsychology
  • Complexity, dynamics and development
  • Cultural psychology
  • Diversity in society: current issues and challenges
  • Researching power and leadership
  • Understanding working life: major theories and research trends in organizational psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Statistical analysis of social networks
  • Statistical modelling of single cases
  • Economy and society: critical transitions in advanced industrialised societies
  • Solidarity and social contexts
  • Literature study
Compulsory modules for all students (85 EC)
  • How to theorize
  • Reflecting on science and integrity
  • Multidisciplinary research in action
  • Advanced statistics
  • Applied statistics
  • Elective statistics course
  • Seminars
  • Traineeship
  • How to write an effective research proposal
  • Master’s thesis

Specializations in this theme:
Developmental Psychology | Orthopedagogy | Pedagogical and Educational Sciences | Psychometrics and Statistics | Sociology

For questions about the LDS theme contact b.f.jeronimus

Last modified:29 November 2021 12.27 p.m.