There is pressure to raise educational standards. The Dutch government is seeking to bring education more into line with the labour market, to promote excellence and to produce better teachers.
Our research activities provide knowledge and insights that support the design of educational processes, interventions and organizations. Research is also intended to facilitate the professionalization of people working in education. Normative professionalism and differences between pupils, educators and organizations form important points of reference, and the pupil is always placed at the centre of the educational process.
Cooperation with Parents in Education
The value of good cooperation between teachers and parents is underlined by various publications. Nevertheless, it is apparent from other research that many primary and secondary teacher training programmes in the Netherlands pay little or no attention to this theme.
Education and Security
The Education and Security research line is developing several products, including a Guide on Prevention and How to Handle School Attacks, as well as research on how to prevent inappropriate interpersonal behaviour in education as well as school shootings.
Educational Innovation and ICT
How can ICT applications contribute to innovation in education? What is the best way to organize and direct their use in education? And what role can ICT play in improving and consolidating the results achieved through ICT-based innovations within the educational sector?
Educational Needs in inclusive Learning Environments
Special needs teaching arrangements make it possible for pupils with special educational needs to be taught in ordinary schools as far as possible. What form should these arrangements take? And how can they best be used to provide appropriate education?
Human Movement, School and Sport
Research in the field of exercise, school and sport is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge regarding exercise habits of children, young people and adults in the school environment, in sports clubs and in other recreational settings. What, for example, is the relationship between sports clubs and exercise education in school?
Leadership in Education and Development
Raising the quality of education and development support is an important goal for the Municipality of Almere. Under the guidance of professor Hanno van Keulen Windesheim Flevoland is conducting research to help the local authority secure its aims to improve educational standards.
Literacy and Language Development
In this research theme and the related research group of Literacy and School Success our researchers conduct research on language and reading in all school types and at all educational levels. Topics researchers are working on include reading skills, vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, writing and spelling.
Pedagogical Quality in Education
What can be done to increase the pedagogical and scientific professionalism of teachers at all levels of the educational system? And how can this increased professionalism promote the development of citizenship amongst pupils? This professorship studies education from the perspective of pedagogical quality.
Professional Development of Teacher Trainers
Practice-focused research has acquired a place in higher professional education: it contributes to professional development and the quality of education amongst others. Teacher trainers are therefore expected to act as both researchers and research supervisors. But how should they prepare for the role?
Sport-related educational Theory
This professorship puts its focus particularly on a safe sporting climate. How can we ensure a healthy setting for sport, in which elite athletes, amateurs and youngsters can develop without having to contend with inappropriate behaviour, such as intimidation, sexual harassment, violence and bullying?