Learning and Innovation
Rapid changes in society are continuously introducing complexity and dynamics to the activities of professionals. Our research helps people and organisations professionalise for the benefit of their own performance and of society at large, both in the present and in the future.
Prepared for the future
The research conducted within this theme actively contributes to finding solutions for current pressing issues in the educational sector, such as the shortage of available teachers and segregation within education. The overarching concern is how best to prepare professionals for the practice of tomorrow, while remaining attentive to the variety of talents, needs and skills among young people and active professionals.
Racerunning for young children with a severe physical disability
Increasing physical activity in young children with severe physical disabilities with the racerunner. This is a novel device that is appealing to children and can help them to be more physically active.
How active are you?! Activity monitoring in children
Physical activity is essential for all children, with and without disabilities. Pediatric physical therapists support children to participate in physical activities and facilitate a physically active lifestyle. So far, no valid and feasible activity monitor is available to measure the level of physical activity in children.
Life cycle-thinking at social housing organizations beyond the pilot
Structural implementation of life cycle-thinking (considering the impact of the entire life cycle of dwellings on the environment, residents, and production chain) is difficult for social housing organizations.
“We conduct research into the quality of educational programmes and of professional practice, thereby providing added value for lecturers and other trainers, professionals and organisations.”Elly de Bruijn Director of Learning and Innovation and professor of Vocational Education
Learning and working together
We develop educational content and methodologies for students, workers, trainers and organisations. We create learning and development activities, by means of which students and professionals work together in tackling challenging issues from professional practice.
The insights and results achieved are incorporated into the education provided at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, as well as in the professionalisation of our own staff members. By working together with various educational institutions, research institutes and the public domain, we strive to meet the demand for well-trained professionals.
the research groups
Daan AndriessenProfessor Methodology of Practice-Based Research Show profile
Cok BakkerProfessor Normative Professionalisation Show profile
Elly de BruijnProfessor Vocational Education Show profile
Anita CremersProfessor Co-design Show profile
Rick de GraaffProfessor Multilingualism and Education Show profile
Maaike HajerProfessor Multilingualism and Education Show profile
Kees HooglandProfessor Mathematical and analytical competences of professionals Show profile
Remko van der LugtProfessor Co-design Show profile
Elwin SavelsberghProfessor Research group Science and Technology Education Show profile
Marlies van SteenbergenProfessor Digital Ethics Show profile
Kristin VanlommelProfessor Driving Educational Change Show profile
Johan VersendaalProfessor Digital Ethics Show profile
Ilya ZitterProfessor Vocational Education Show profile
In order to develop our knowledge regarding the complexity and dynamics of professional practice, we work closely together with experts directly involved in professional practice, as well as with professionals from other schools and training facilities. If you have a research question related to current or future issues in education, development and innovation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Labs and centres of expertise
We work together with various Labs and Centres of Expertise to exchange and disseminate specific knowledge and expertise. See what they can do for you:
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