Diversity in Learning and Behaviour

We conduct practice-based research into the learning and behaviour of children in (primary) education, with special attention to children who have additional educational (care) needs.

These children are vulnerable to the development of a trajectory of reduced well-being, with consequences for long-term development. 

Basic principles are: 

  1. Diversity is a given;
  2. Development arises in interaction with the environment;
  3. Stimulating 'Curious Minds'; learning and developing out of curiosity.

Themes are: 

  • Pedagogical-didactic action of (educational and youth care) professionals so that all children are supported in learning and behaviour at school;
  • Working with vulnerable students, such as children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 
  • The transition from Primary Education to Secondary Education; 
  • The transition from Primary Education to Secondary Education; Learning to deal with yourself, the other and the world around you in the school context, through citizenship education, sustainability education, computational thinking and programmes for social-emotional learning.

In various research projects, researchers work together with practical and knowledge partners, with the aim of developing knowledge that can be applied in the professional field and education. In this way, we contribute to knowledge development and implementation in line with the theme of Equal Opportunities & Participation, one of the three strategic themes in the field of Healthy Ageing.