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Call for participation – Season school 2013 - Educational Design Research


Call for participation – Season school 2013 - Educational Design Research

Call for participation – Season school 2013 - Educational Design Research as a Means to Strengthen Relationships between Curriculum Research, Practice and Policy

 Timing and location

Four-day event: 5th – 8th November 2013 at the University of Jaen, Spain


The season school is aimed at

-       Doctoral/master students and early career curriculum/mathematics & science education researchers;

-       Curriculum professionals with research involvements within member institutions of CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research of Education in Europe) and EERA (European Educational Research Association).

The season school offers the participants a forum to deepen their research skills and extend their perspectives concerning the relevance of their research efforts and extend their networking.

 Introduction to the theme

The essence of this season school is to strengthen the relationships between curriculum research (in general and in mathematics & science education more specifically), policy and practice. One of the major recommendations from the literature to improve the relevance of curriculum research is to make sure that research efforts relate to policy agendas of a country and to concerns in school practice. Curriculum research can play different roles in doing so: it can assist in signaling and interpreting curriculum issues (via monitoring and trend analysis); it can help to solve these issues (via curriculum design research/design-based research, DBR); and it can support the implementation and scaling of curriculum change efforts (via implementation and impact studies). In this season school we address the need for capacity building activities, especially in the planning and performing of curricular design research activities.

 Aims and activities of the season school

The season school aims at introducing curricular design research/DBR and at having hands-on experience connected to the work of the participants. The season school will consist of a combination of presentations by keynote speakers, activities in small working groups, and individual guidance. Issues and activities will be illustrated by examples from recent design research practices/studies and will be supported by tools and coaching on the spot. The following questions will be dealt with:

  • What are key characteristics of curricular design research?
  • How does curricular design research promote and realize the connections between curriculum research, policy and practice (e.g. in mathematics & science education)?
  • What does a curricular design research trajectory look like?
  • Who needs to be involved, and what are the specific roles?
  • How do you plan and perform curricular design research (e.g. in mathematics & science education)?
  • How do you deal with reliability and validity issues in curricular design research?
  • How do you present the results to other researchers, educational policy makers and practice?

 Keynote presenters

Jan van den Akker - SLO, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development - Curriculum

Koeno Gravemeijer - Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands - Mathematics

Javier García García - University of Jaen, Spain - Mathematics

Marta Romero Ariza - University of Jaen, Spain - Science

Birgit Pepin - Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag-HiST, Norway -Mathematics

Nienke Nieveen - SLO, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development - Curriculum


The spring school is free of charge for the participants. The organisation will cover the costs of three nights at the hotel and all meals during the spring school. Travel costs and longer stay at the hotel are not covered by the organisation.  

 Institutions and networks that financially support the season school

  • EERA Network 3: Curriculum innovation
  • EERA Network 24: Mathematics Education Research
  • CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research of Education in Europe)
  • Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag- HiST, Trondheim, Norway


The first 40 suitable applications that arrive will be admitted. Applications need to be sent to Marian Nijhuis (oena@slo.nl) by June 30, 2013. The application form can be found on this website under ‘Files’ .

Created by Adam Handelzalts on 27/04/2013 23:04


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