Since the formation of the ISE department for research in science (STEM) pedagogy, the institute's teaching portfolio has been shaped incrementally. ISE provides an elective minor programme in subject-specific science (STEM) pedagogy for undergraduate students in the faculty. In addition, scientists in the institute supervise undergraduate and graduate internships and theses for students from all STEM programs ISE coordinates the new two-year master's program in Education in Science, with the first batch of students starting in September 2023.
The education in science (STEM) pedagogy is in line with the content of the faculty science courses and the content of the STEM school subjects.
The institute has the ambition to have an advisory role in educational innovations within the faculty. This role combines well with scientific design-oriented research.
Master's degree program in Education in Science
The institute is also responsible, within the Master's degree program in Education in Science, for coordinating, developing and implementing the subject content component (30 ec for each school subject), which is designed in collaboration with the educational institutes in the faculty. These teaching activities require a strong disciplinary approach and thus specific expertise in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science content and didactics. In addition, the program includes cross-curricular components such as research methodology, research supervision, and the institute works with the RDA on linking courses.
Minor on Science Education
ISE provides an elective minor programme in science pedagogy for undergraduate students in the faculty.
This minor is a good way to discover whether teaching suits you. But the content of this minor can also be useful if you are not going to study teacher training: knowledge of science education comes in handy wherever learning and communicating about your subject matter plays a role.
The minor is offered in Dutch, therefore the course content information is only in Dutch.
Professional teaching development of acadamic staff
Currently, the institute is broadening its teaching activities. We want subject-specific pedagogical expertise in the institute to benefit the continuing of professional development in instructional and pedagogical approaches of teaching staff in the faculty.
Existing training courses within the framework of basic and extended university teaching qualification (UTQ) have a general character. The institute will support the professional development of science teachers by providing teaching and coaching from a subject-specific pedagogical perspective. Experience shows that this 'subject-related' approach is more in line with one's own teaching practice and is therefore well appreciated.
Didactic training of student assistants
ISE also plans to play a leading role in the pedagogical, instructional training of student assistants. To this end, we will determine and steer the content of the existing range of training courses and thus cooperate closely with the Education Centre and the various educational institutes.