Koen Wessels is pursuing his doctoral degree within the Research group Normative Professionalisation. With his research, Koen is hoping to open up space in education in which pupils/students can be directly involved in current, complex questions and experiences that play a role in their personal and/or social life.
Dominant educational approaches place emphasis on the school as a place for the transferral of knowledge and skills in preparation for later. However, the learner already lives in the world for which they are preparing. Moreover, the world is so complex that 'preparation' lasts a lifetime. What could this insight mean for the lecturer-student relationship?
"The learner already lives in the world for which they are preparing"
Koen's research is hermeneutic-narrative in nature. It’s aim is to search for suitable ‘glasses’ that lecturers can use to understand their students’ and their own role. To this end, Koen conducts narrative biographical research in collaboration with ‘co-researchers/lecturers'. Koen also conducts reflective-participative research within his own project-based work in the field of education, in association with the Bildung Academy.
Fields of expertise
- Educational Theory
- Normative Professionalisation
- The educational struggle with complexity Towards school as a place for entangling