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Teaching in 21st Century Classrooms


Enrolling in this course is possible until the 4th of January 2016, using the link at ‘registration’.


The European Union, the Dutch Ministry of Education (as reflected in the ‘Onderwijs2032’ initiative), universities, experts, they’re all talking about important educational innovations needed to prepare learners for the 21st century. In this class students will deepen their understanding of the complexities of teaching and learning and the even more complex process of educational reform, while examining the role of students, teachers, schools, teacher training programmes, and government.

The Dutch education landscape is already changing: the rise of ‘hybrid teachers’, who also practice their discipline in the field; the creation of the educational minor, which qualifies Bachelor students (of specific programmes) to teach the first three years of secondary education; and programmes such as Eerst de Klas and the Onderwijstraineeship, focusing on excellent students wanting to become teachers.

This Honours Class stimulates excellent students to think about these developments and their consequences, and provides participants with an opportunity to visit a school, to study the process of implementing a particular educational reform and to formulate recommendations to improve the process.


This class consists of 7 meetings (including workshops and guest lectures) and a case study on educational reform you conduct in small groups. For the case study you will visit a school and study in detail the implementation of one particular educational reform.

*Meeting 1 (February 3, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
Advances in research on teaching and learning and related recent educational change proposals. And information about the school visit

*Meeting 2 (February 10, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
Why do many educational reforms lack classroom impact? A primer on practicality studies

*Meeting 3 (February 17, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
How to improve the classroom impact of educational reforms including ways to study the process of educational reform. And check of your plan for a case study.

*Between meeting 3 and 7 you will conduct your own case study (in groups)

*Meeting 4 (March 9, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
Case studies in how to make innovations practical in order to improve classroom impact

*Meeting 5 (March 23, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
Participants (in groups) present their preliminary findings of their own case study

*Meeting 6: (March 30, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
Bounded rationality as foundation for understanding and changing teaching practice

*Meeting 7: (April 20, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203).
The participants present their own case study


Wednesday 3, 10, 17 February, 9, 23, 30 March, 20 April; 15:00 – 17:00 hrs.




ICLON, Wassenaarseweg 62A, Leiden; high schools

Assessment method

Case study report

Maximum number of students



Enrolling in this course is possible until 4 January via this link .


Dr.Ir. Fred Janssen