Research and the thematic groups

The different elements in the ICO mission lead to the organization of the research programme into ‘thematic groups’. These thematic groups can be regarded as Special Interest Groups. The thematic groups are responsible for the organization of ICO’s thematic courses and also contribute to the ICO Biennial National and International Fall Schools. Moreover, in a thematic group,researchers may discuss research results and research plans, prepare joint grant proposals and joint article submissions. Both researchers and PhD students participate in these groups. Each group is coordinated by one or more experienced researchers and one PhD student, the theme group coordinators

The ICO research programme is centred around ten thematic groups: 
1. Learning and Instruction
2. ICT and Education 
3. Workplace Learning 
4. Teaching and Teacher Education 
5. Domain Specific Instruction 
6. Educational Design and Curriculum development 
7. Schools and the societal context of education 
8. Assessment, evaluation and examination 
9. Higher Education 
10. Neuroscience and Education

These groups were established around themes that reflect actual and promising developments in education and training. Furthermore, the themes reflect major topics in Dutch educational research.