15-ICF Introductory Course Fall 2015

This Introductory Course is for PhD students who just started their dissertation project. You will become familiar with ICO (the Interuniversity Centre for Educational Research), the types of research performed within ICO, and ICOs position in the national and international field of educational research. 

One important aim of this course is to present and defend your PhD project proposal and to get to know other PhD candidates who recently started their PhD project. You will learn to give and receive feedback on a research project, specifically the first study. In addition, the course offers opportunities to practice research skills such as evaluating scientific articles and books, participating in review meetings, and managing your research project. The course is offered in English. If all participants are Dutch-speaking however, it may be decided to use Dutch for communication during face-to-face meetings.

Course objectives
After this course, you have acquired:
  • Some basic knowledge of theories, models and research designs that are used in different thematic groups of ICO 
  • Knowledge of the mission and organization of ICO, its thematic groups, and its position in the national and international field of educational research 
  • Skills in using scientific criteria for high-quality research both to (1) the preparation of a (PhD) project proposal and (2) the evaluation of scientific writings, i.e., journal articles and dissertations 
  • Skills in writing and presenting a PhD project proposal 
  • Skills in reviewing manuscripts for scientific journals and participating in an editorial board meeting 
  • Skills in reviewing books/dissertations and writing a book review 
  • Skills in managing your supervisor(s) 
Before the registration deadline has passed, the ICO Project proposal should be send in for evaluation by ICO's Scientific Committee (also see the page on the Registration Procedure for ICO Members). Non-ICO members are also obliged to have a project plan ready before the start of the course.
Participants are required to be present at all of the course meetings.

Coordinator of the Introductory Course is Prof. dr. Jos Beishuizen(VU University, Scientific Director of ICO). The second lecturer of the course Prof. dr. Lieven Verschaffel (KU Leuven)

The course is organized around three meetings (4 days):
September 29-30 and December 1-2, 2015 

December 2: Vergadercentrum Vredenburg 19, Utrecht

Meeting 1: Day 1,
This opening meeting is used to make acquaintance, to discuss the mission and organization of ICO and to explain the tasks that need to be prepared for the next meetings.
There will be a dinner on the evening of the first day.

Meeting 2: Day 2,
This second meeting will be almost completely devoted to the presentation and critical discussion of PhD project proposals, with a focus on the specification of the first study you plan to conduct.

Meeting 3: Days 3 & 4,
These days are devoted to the presentation and discussion of a simulated board meeting, presentation of your review of a PhD thesis, and your expectations regarding supervision of your PhD project.

Learning tasks
Prior to and during the course, you will work on six tasks. The tasks will be explained in more detail in the Course Manual.

You will pass this course if you:
  • Discuss one of the articles representative for the work of ICOs thematic groups 
  • Deliver a short document describing relevant national and international research schools, scientific organizations, journals, institutes, experts, conferences, PhD students etc. in your specific field of research 
  • Deliver a PhD project description that is approved by both lecturers 
  • Deliver a manuscript review and actively contribute to a simulated editorial board meeting 
  • Deliver and present a book review for a dissertation that is approved by both lecturers 
  • Deliver and defend some theses on how to manage your supervisor during the PhD project 
  • Actively contribute to the meetings and provide critical reviews on at least two PhD project proposals of other students, a journal manuscript, and a dissertation 

All core study materials will be made available in Dropbox, after the registration deadline has passed. In Dropbox, the attendants can also find the Course Manual, with more information on the tasks. To become familiar with the topics studied by the ICO thematic groups, six journal articles will be made available which are representative for the six thematic groups of ICO: (1) innovative learning arrangements, (2) domain specific skills, (3) teaching and teacher education, (4) educational design and curriculum development, (5) schools and the social context of education, and (6) assessment, evaluation and examination.

It is assumed that you already have some basic knowledge of Educational Sciences. See for instance:
Towne, L., & Shavelson, R. J. (2003). Scientific research in education. Washington: National Academies Press.
Lagemann, E. C. (2000). An elusive science: The troubling history of education research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Or for a Dutch alternative: Verloop, N., & Lowyck, J. (2003). Onderwijskunde. Groningen, The Netherlands: Wolters-Noordhoff.

For additional background information on how to get your PhD, you are advised to consult:
Phillips, E. M., & Pugh, D. (2010). How to get a PhD - A handbook for students and their supervisors (5th Ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press.

ICO PhD students are required to participate in the ICO introductory course. PhD students are strongly recommended to participate in the course shortly after the start of their research project.

The deadline for registration for this course is August 20, 2015.
Students who want to register for the course after the deadline is due, are recommended to contact course coordinator Jos Beishuizen

The maximum number of participants for this course is 24.