Science and Technology Education
We are developing future-oriented science and technology education for all students in the Netherlands. Our research focuses on curriculum development for primary and vocational education, and on the professional development of teachers. Key focal points are sustainability education, digital literacy and interest in technology.
Lines of research within the research group
Young children have a natural and vivid curiosity about nature and technology. How do you keep that interest alive and how do you reach all students? How do you integrate new perspectives such as S&T, Maker Education and digital literacy? And perhaps the most important question: How can we best prepare (future) teachers to provide inspiring and comprehensive human- and nature-centred education?
The societal challenges of today require cooperation between people with different views, interests and (professional) expertise. This especially applies to issues related to sustainable development where technical, social and normative perspectives are inextricably linked. How, for example, should we best train professionals to be equipped for this, both in teacher-training programmes and in life sciences or engineering & design programmes?
Every field has its own jargon, and in order to be able to fully participate you have to master the corresponding language. This is relevant to science lessons in primary education, as much as to the professional designer who consults with the client. Conversely, science and technology provide a rich context for the development of higher-order language skills, such as argumentation. How can language education and science and technology education reinforce each other?
Good science teaching in multilingual classrooms
In this European project, we are working with teachers to develop strategies to make primary science and technology education accessible for all children.
- Practicalizing principled knowledge with teachers to design language-oriented mathematics lessons A design study
- Students’ preinstructional reasoning with the speed of light in relativistic situations
- Scaffolding primary teachers in designing and enacting language-oriented science lessons Is handing over to independence a fata morgana?
Several projects of the research group are leading to educational innovation at the HU, for example for the teacher-training programmes as well as for degree programmes in science and technology.
“The world is a complex place. Knowledge of physical, biological, economic and social processes enables us to develop predictions and to assess various scenarios. And yet, surprises are always possible.”Elwin Savelsbergh Professor of Science and Technology Education
Practical partners in our projects include schools and school boards within Utrecht, teacher-training programmes and various HU degree programmes. In addition, we collaborate with research groups inside and outside the HU, including research groups of Utrecht University and Delft University of Technology.