Research project

In the research project, you will use the knowledge you acquired in the programme to investigate new issues.

The project must satisfy the following criteria:

  • the research addresses a problem in Science Education or Communication;
  • expertise in science, mathematics or computer science plays a necessary role in doing the project;
  • the project aims to answer a question by means of empirical educational research; a project mainly aiming at developing educational material or a literature review is not acceptable.

Most projects will be conducted within the context of ongoing research at the Freudenthal Institute, or in collaboration with partners. Each student who will start on a project from the list will be assigned to a research staff member (PhD) who will act as supervisor.

A required part of the Research Project are the accompanying student seminars, which will be held biweekly on Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 AM.

For more information, see FI-MSECR30 Research Project (30 EC) 

Available supervisors

Liesbeth de Bakker

Key words

  • Science communication
  • Inclusive science communication
  • Inclusive science communication teaching
  • Informal science education / everyday science learning
  • Equity, diversity, inclusion and justice

Jelle Boeve - de Pauw

Key words

  • Education for sustainable development
  • Environmental education
  • Teaching and learning through citizen science
  • Educational measurement and assessment
  • Educational effectiveness

Sylvia van Borkulo

Key words

  • Educational technology
  • Computational and mathematical thinking
  • Computer science education
  • Computer-supported education
  • Augmented and virtual reality

Mark Bos

Key words

  • Science communication
  • Health communication
  • Visuals in science and health communication
  • Content analysis (framing, narratives, visuals)
  • Survey research (experiments, testing visuals)

Rogier Bos

Key words

  • Mathematics education
  • Visualization (Interactive/dynamic)
  • Educational videos
  • Inquiry-based teaching (incl. problem solving / posing)
  • Abstraction

Christos Chytas

Key words

  • Technology-enhanced Learning in STE(A)M education
  • AI in Education
  • Computing Education and Digital Literacy
  • Maker Education
  • Social justice in education

Frans van Dam

Key words

  • Science Communication
  • Public Engagement
  • Active learning spaces
  • Online teaching and learning
  • AI in teaching

Michiel Doorman

Key words

  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Modelling and context-based (mathematics) education
  • Sustainability and action-oriented education

Paul Drijvers

Key words

  • Mathematics education 
  • Educational technologies 
  • Mathematical thinking 
  • Embodiment 
  • Teacher education 
  • Curriculum and assessment 

Wouter van Joolingen

Key words

  • Modeling in science education
  • Scientific literacy
  • Lesson Study
  • Simulation-based learning
  • Formal and informal learning

Christine Knippels

Key words

  • Science education
  • Socio-Scientific Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Teaching and learning through citizen science
  • Education for Sustainable development
  • Systems Thinking

Kim Krijtenburg

Key words

  • Physics education
  • Educational design research
  • Quantum physics
  • Special relativity
  • Model thinking

Laura van der Lubbe

Key words

  • Computer science education
  • Educational technologies
  • Serious gaming & gamification

Henri Matimba

Key words

  • Chemistry education
  • Informal educational digital tools
  • Community engaged Learning
  • Energy Transition (CO2 capture and conversion)

Ralph Meulenbroeks

Key words

  • Motivation​
  • Self-determination theory​
  • Model-based learning​
  • Inquiry-based learning​
  • Teachers' professional development

Filip Moons

Key words

  • Mathematics Education
  • Assessment
  • Educational Technology
  • Numeracy
  • Statistics

Gjalt Prins

Key words

  • Green Chemistry
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Chemical Modelling
  • Teachers as reflective practitioners
  • Educational design research

Erik van Sebille

Key words

  • Public Engagement
  • Science Communication
  • Climate Activism
  • Marine Plastic Pollution

Anna Shvarts

Key words

  • Mathematics education
  • Innovative educational technology
  • Diversity and inclusion: gender, neurodiversity, and visual impairment
  • Eye-tracking in education
  • Student-teacher joint attention

Micha Ummels

Key words

  • Concept-context approach​
  • Socio-scientific issues​
  • System thinking​
  • Modelling​
  • Sustainability

Alice Veldkamp

Key words

  • Educational escape rooms
  • Serious games and playful learning
  • Socio-scientific &sustainability issues
  • Visuals in Science education & communication
  • Students’ ideas and conceptual development on biological concepts

Nieske Vergunst

Key words

  • Science communication
  • Climate communication
  • Public engagement
  • Impact of public engagement

Aike Vonk

Key words

  • Science communication  
  • Environmental communication  
  • Narratives & Storytelling  
  • Framing  
  • News values