ISE's research focuses on subject-specific thinking in science subjects and on practical knowledge and skills of science teachers.
We pay special attention to research in the context of subject-specific and educational innovations.
Many of our research projects are practice-based and conducted together with stakeholders in practice, especially Dutch schools.
Much of the research is design research, producing both scientific knowledge and concrete educational products. This design research is conducted with partners in educational practice, in particular educational institutions and teachers.
Within this research profile, a range of activities is carried out, Most of the current (externally funded) research projects take place in the context of upper secondary schools. The research is mostly subject-specific. Currently, efforts are being made to strengthen the existing research profile. We are doing this in two ways: broadening the context of the research with university science education and expanding the content to an overarching theme requiring an interdisciplinary and STEM approach.
Ongoing research themes include:
- Design-based learning
- Scientific literacy and citizenship education
- Digital literacy and computational thinking
- Education for sustainable development
- Teachers' pedagogical content knowledge
The Insitute for Science Education is involved in many different projects. In this list, you can find some of our current projects.
DOSE (Development of STEAM Education)
Integrating STEM with other subjects. Instructional design, professional development program (primary and secondary education).
Computational and Mathematical thinking
Teaching-learning strategies for developing pre-university students' Computational Thinking skills in mathematics curricula.
TeaEdu4CT: developing educational material to teach CT
Developing educational material to teach Computational Thinking to pre-service teachers.
DUDOC Program for teachers
The Dudoc-Bèta is a program that gives secondary school teachers the opportunity to do a PhD next to their teaching job. The program is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
The program is offered in Dutch, therefore the content information is only in Dutch.
Versterking onderzoekspractica in het vo
Om leerlingen te enthousiasmeren voor bèta en technologie is het belangrijk dat leerlingen de kans krijgen hun kennis en vaardigheden in de praktijk toe te passen. Praktische opdrachten op school zijn hiervoor een uitgelezen kans. Ze stimuleren leerlingen om zelf actief bezig te zijn: denken en doen komen hier bij elkaar.