Research group Methodology of Practice-Based Research
Our research group focuses on practice-based research in higher professional education (HPE). We are interested in determining which practice-based research methods contribute to solving practical problems. We also conduct research into how HPE students can learn to conduct research in their professional practice.
Lines of research within the research group
How can we best channel the results of practice-based research to influence professional practice in a methodologically responsible way? We strive to answer this question through the variety of perspectives of all those involved (researcher, professional practice, education and financier). In addition, we focus on practical approaches that help to increase the impact of practice-based research from the very beginning.
Professional research competence is becoming important in an increasing amount of professional practices, especially those that are complex in nature, where problems cannot be immediately solved in a technically-rational manner.
In this line of research we study the way in which professional research competence can be useful for professionals. For what purpose and when do you actually need research skills in your work as a professional? How is this best cultivated during a bachelor's or master's degree? We aim to use this knowledge to improve the didactics and assessment of research skills in the specific context of higher professional education.
With Impact Graduating in Higher Economic Education
Each year, more than 300,000 students graduate with a degree from vocational economics education, often by completing a research or advisory report. But professional practice, the degree programmes and the students themselves do not always find this form of graduation to be optimal.
With open eyes: sustainable assesment skills in higher professional education (HPE)
This project is aimed at supporting universities of applied sciences in the sustainable implementation of BKE/SKE.
Better (legal) assistance with multi-problem situations
The aim of this research project is to improve the services that ‘Het Juridisch Loket’ (HJL) offers to clients in multi-problem situations.
- Collaborating in Complexity Strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration in design research
- Grounding practices How researchers ground their work in create-health collaborations for designing e-health solutions
- The nature of social work research by Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences: an overview
This research group works for both the HU and for comparable higher education institutions in the Netherlands and abroad.
“The purpose of practice-based research is to improve professional practice and to encourage professionals to do well at their job. This research only makes sense if it has an impact on professional practice”Daan Andriessen Professor of Methodology of Practice-Based Research
Our research is relevant for universities of applied sciences, research universities and knowledge institutions where practice-based research is conducted, such as TNO, research agencies and ministries. We deliver introductions and lectures, provide workshops and training programmes and develop useful products related to our research themes.