PhD program Professional Learning
The research program of the Eindhoven School of Education is entitled "Preparing and supporting teachers for innovative STEM learning." STEM is the abbreviation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The central questions in the research program are:
1) What ways of STEM learning and learning environments contribute to preparing learners for the challenges of the 21st century?
2) What characterizes a professional STEM teacher’s professional identity in innovative contexts and schools and what are relevant issues that need to be addressed in teacher professional learning and development?
3) How can teachers’ professional development for these challenges (see question 2) be stimulated and supported?
4) What are the various effects of (student) teachers’ professional development/learning processes?
The research program is not only scientifically but also practically oriented. The research of the Eindhoven School of Education focuses mainly on secondary and higher education.
The candidate learns to do social-scientific research by using a mixed method approach, present about his/her research on scientific conferences, and publish about its results in scientific journals. Through the PhD trajectory the candidate will become a researcher who can do research of high quality.