17-BES Learning and Instruction: Basics and Beyond


  • Mastering of basic concepts from the research on learning and instruction 
  • Exploring recent developments in research on learning and instruction 


  • Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. John Wiley & Sons. 
  • Greeno, J. G., Collins, A. M., & Resnick, L. B. (1996). Cognition and learning. In Berliner, D., & Calfee, R. (Eds.). Handbook of educational psychology (pp. 15-46). New York, NY: MacMillan. 
  • Specific articles per subject, to be determined. 

PhD candidates from the field of science education with a master's degree outside of the educational sciences, who want to know more about the research on learning and instruction

for each subject there will be two lectures: a basic lecture and a beyond lecture. The basic lectures are given by Jos Beishuizen. For the beyond lecture a domain expert is invited.

The program includes eight subjects of 7 hours, or 0:25 ECTS. The subjects can be watched and completed separately. The first topic (Perspectives) is mandatory, and is an intake requirement for the following topics. The whole programme is to be followed online, there will be no face-2-face meetings.

· Literature: 30 pages: 3 hours.
· Web Lectures: 2 lectures of 1 hour: 2 hours.
· Assignment: 2 hours.

eight subjects
1. Perspectives on learning and instruction: theories and research paradigms
2. Learning and Transfer
3. Knowledge and Memory
4. Metacognition and Self-regulation
5. Learning and Instruction
6. Motivation and Engagement
7. Learning as a Social Process
8. Beginners and Experts

For each subject, two web lectures are given in the form of so-called slide casts: PowerPoint or Prezi presentations with voiceover. An example can be found here. Students study the literature, follow the web lectures and write an essay of approximately 1,500 words on a proposition from a list that is specified by topic. In the essay, the statement placed in the context of the discussed concepts and theories are presented arguments for and against the proposition and makes a statement about the sustainability. The coordinating teacher provides feedback on the essays.