Curriculum Development in Primary and Secondary Education
Lines of research within the research group
The quality and appeal of STEM-education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are being pressured. This line of research focuses on the question of how the interest in physics and technology can be advanced by offering contemporary and appealing technology education. We develop the curriculum for primary and secondary education and the beta-teacher education programs. An important question from the perspective of citizenship is how societal issues can be discussed in this curriculum which strongly relies on disciplinary knowledge.
Digital literacy is essential in order to function in contemporary society. Some digital skills can be learned generically, whilst other digital skills require content-specific education (e.g., historians require other digital skills than geologists). In this research line we investigate how this field of education can be shaped and whether it should be integrated within teaching subjects. Moreover, we explore how we can equip students in teacher education programs to configure this type of education.
We investigate the possible contents and importance of collaboration between clusters of Humanities and Social Sciences education (Mens- en Maatschappijvakken) in primary and secondary education. This research also contributes to the debates on and knowledge of inclusivity and inequality in education. Together with schools, teachers, teacher education programs and curriculum developers, we aim to investigate the required capacities for teachers in this field.
Good science teaching in multilingual classrooms
In this European project, we are working with teachers to develop strategies to make primary science and technology education accessible for all children.
In collaboration with the teacher training courses of Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, the research group works on the professional development of teachers and further improvement of educational curricula.
“The issues in our modern society do not adhere to borders between subjects. There is a lot of wealth in a broad perspective.”Elwin Savelsbergh Professor of Curriculum Development in Primary and Secondary Education
Regionally, the research group works together with several schools and school boards around Utrecht and Amersfoort. There are also collaborations with Utrecht University and a variety of other universities. An important partner considering curriculum development is Stichting Leerplan Ontwikkeling (SLO, national institute for curriculum development).