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Research colloquia



This course is meant to learn about, critically reflect on and discuss recent research in education and child studies. We will organize six colloquia, and during each colloquium we will discuss a different paper with a researcher. Researchers will come from different disciplines and have extensive knowledge about the topic for the colloquium. Because there will be a different topic and a different researcher for each colloquium, students will gain a broad knowledge of the field of Education and Child Studies and learn of different approaches and methodologies towards Education and Child Studies. We will focus on the topic of the paper, but we will also critically assess the methodology and the scientific and social implications of each paper.

Course objectives

After this course students should:
1) Have knowledge about a variety of recent topics within education and child studies
2) Have knowledge about the different methodologies within education and child studies
3) Be able to engage in academic debate about recent research
4) Be able to independently critically assess recent research
5) Be able to present about recent research
6) Be able to independently critically communicate about recent research in a written commentary.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

Mode of instruction

(Guest) lectures.

Assessment method

Oral presentation (20% of final grade), six written commentaries (80% of final grade), and active contribution to discussions (possibility to earn extra credit).
Students should score higher than 5.5 on all assignments in order to pass the course. If a passing grade is not attained for the presentation, the student will receive another chance to present during the final class meeting. Each of the commentaries should receive a grade of higher than 5.5 to pass the course. Students will have a chance to rewrite and resubmit papers for which no passing grade was attained. The final grade is based on the oral presentation (20%), six written commentaries (80%), and active contribution to discussions (possibility to earn extra credit).

There is no final exam. Each of the six written commentaries is graded as well as the oral presentation. The final grade is based on these grades. There is no group work, all assignments are graded individually. Students will receive feedback after their presentation, and may request feedback on their commentaries after all commentaries have been graded.


During this course Brightspace will be used. The Brightspace site will contain announcements, course documents, information on tutorials and computer labs, lecture notes and discussion boards.

Reading list

Papers made available during the course.


Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register via My Studymap up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.

It is mandatory for all students to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Contact information

Contactperson of the course is Dr. M. van Geel