08-02 Teaching and Teacher Education

Within the ICO-theme Teaching and Teacher Education different research perspectives are used. These perspectives are based on different conceptual frameworks, complementary and partially overlapping, and can be used simultaneously to study teaching. The following perspectives are used by ICO researchers: (a) an interpersonal perspective, which studies teaching in terms of the relationship between teacher and students,(b) a learning activities perspective, which studies teaching in terms of the learning activities it elicits in students,(c) a personal knowledge perspective, which focuses on the knowledge and beliefs teachers have developed about all pedagogical and didactical aspects related to their practice, (d) a moral perspective describing teaching in terms of the values a teacher is communicating to pupils, and (e) an organisational perspective focusing on the teacher as a member of the school organisation.

An important development within the research on teaching and teacher education concerns the increasing attention for teacher learning processes. Whereas in the past, in educational research, the focus was strongly on students learning, recently the learning processes of teachers gain more attention. Professional development of teachers can be understood better if it is conceived of as a result of a lifelong process of learning and consequently, more attention is given to work-related learning. In the context of professional development, a wide range of topics is studied by ICO researchers, including teachers professional identity, the assessment of teachers competence, self-regulated learning activities, different types of learning environments stimulating teacher learning, etcetera.

Course objectives

After this course, you have acquired basic knowledge of theories, models and research designs that are used by ICO- and international researchers within the theme Teaching and Teacher Education.


Co-ordinators of the master class are prof. dr. Jan van Driel (Leiden University) en dr. Mieke Brekelmans (Utrecht University). They will both form the permanent staff. Several senior members of the ICO-theme Teaching and Teacher Education and possibly a foreign lecturer will participate. In a workshop format, information is discussed, often in combination with group assignments. In separate meetings participants discuss specific topics and problems from their own research.


The course requires a total time investment of 100 hours, of which approximately 40 hours are for attending the meetings, and another 60 hours to study literature and prepare a discussion of points relevant to the own PhD-project. Participants will pass the course if they are present at and actively contribute to each of the course meetings, organize a relevant discussion of their own PhD-project and participate in a group-assignment at the end of the master class demonstrating the acquired knowledge.

Dates and location

All meetings take place in Utrecht and are planned between 9.00 and 18.00. The dates are: 26, 27, 28 May 2008; 5, 6 June 2008. The meeting on May 28 will take place in Vredenburg; all other sessions are held at the study centre of the Open University.


About six weeks before the first meeting participants will receive a reader with the literature to be studied.


Deadline for registration is May 1, 2008. PhD students may register for the course by completing the registration form. A maximum of 20 participants will be admitted. Students who want to register for the course after the deadline is due, are recommended to contact one of the course co-ordinators.