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Cursus: FI-MSECR30
Research Project Science Education and Communication
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)30
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Betawetenschappen; BETA-GST;
Contactpersoondr. A. Bakker
VorigeVolgende 3
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. A. Bakker
Overige cursussen docent
dr. R. Bos
Overige cursussen docent
prof. dr. P.H.M. Drijvers
Overige cursussen docent
prof. dr. W.R. van Joolingen
Overige cursussen docent
H.E.K. Matimba
Overige cursussen docent
SEM1  (03-09-2018 t/m 01-02-2019)
Timeslot-: Niet van toepassing
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 28-05-2018 t/m 24-06-2018
Inschrijven via OSIRISNee
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersNee
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
When having completed the project, the student is able to
  • anchor his or her research project in the domain of research in science or mathematics education or communication;
  • develop appropriate research instruments or research-based instructional materials;
  • collect, analyze and report data in the domain of research in science or mathematics education or communication;
  • write a coherent empirical research paper that makes a contribution to the discipline of science or mathematics education or communication;
  • present research findings to an academic audience.
A major part of the course work in research is dedicated to students’ final research projects. In the research project, the student will demonstrate that the academic learning aims of the master’s program have been attained. The project must satisfy the following criteria:
  • The research addresses a problem in Science or Mathematics 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 of these projects will take place within the context of ongoing research at FI, or in collaboration with partner institutions such as the University Museum or SLO. Each student who will start a project from the list will be assigned to a FI research staff member (PhD) who will act as supervisor.

Alternatively, students may propose their own project ideas. In addition to the criteria stated above, the conditions for the acceptance of such proposals are:
  • The project is situated in a research-oriented environment;
  • The host institution provides a qualified researcher as a supervisor;
  • A FI staff research member (PhD) accepts the role of internal supervisor;
This information has to be available to the coordinators before the formal starting date of the project;
A coordinator has approved a brief proposal (two-pager) providing motivation, background information and the research question.

The paper will be written and presented in English. 

A required part of the Research Project is the accompanying student seminar that assists students in the research process: development of instruments or instructional materials, data collection, data analysis until reporting results.
This implies that drafts will be interactively discussed with peers and judged against the formal requirements. In the seminars peer feedback is used to get acquainted with other topics and types of research, to develop a critical attitude and to support each other. This is an important element in becoming a part of the FI research community. For this reason, students are also invited to assist the FI research meetings and to present their plans there.
The seminar is organized and chaired by the coordinators. During seminars on data collections and analysis, attention will be paid to the do’s and don’ts in this stage of research. Last, attention is paid to summarizing data in tables and graphical representations, style guidelines of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) and time will be allocated to writing academic English. Students individually write their own paper. Students are expected to read the literature and prepare sessions with peers in which they discuss intermediary products (e.g., interview scheme, data analysis, draft paper etc). They will present their research to FI staff members near the end of the project.

Available projects can be found at the Students site, as well as the forms.
Je moet ingeschreven staan voor de volgende opleiding:
- Science Education and Communication, Master, Voltijd
Je moet minimaal 45 punten van het master programma hebben behaald en je moet een geldige toelatingsbeschikking hebben en er moet voldaan zijn aan de cursussen:
- Introduction SEC (AS-SEC410)
- Public Science Communication (AS-SEC411)
- Designing SEC (AS-SEC412)
- Research Methods SEC (AS-SEC414)
- Research Methods SEC 2 (AS-SEC430)
Of je moet minimaal 45 punten van het master programma hebben behaald en je moet een geldige toelatingsbeschikking hebben en er moet voldaan zijn aan de cursussen:
- Designing SEC (FI-MSECDES)
- Introduction SEC (FI-MSECINT)
- Public Science Communication (FI-MSECPSC)
- Research Methods SEC 1 (FI-MSECRM1)
- Research Methods SEC 2 (FI-MSECRM2)
Verplicht materiaal
Aanbevolen materiaal
APA (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [also online]
Denscombe, M. (2007). The good research guide: For small-scale social research projects. Maidenhead: Open University Press. [online at UU library, also used for Research Methods I]
MS-Word MS-Powerpoint

Research proces
Minimum cijfer5,5

Research process (15%)
The research process is evaluated and graded by the project supervisor (see the Process Evaluation Form). In projects outside FI, the external supervisor evaluates the process together with the internal supervisor.

Public presentation
Minimum cijfer5,5

Public presentation (15%)
The presentation of research findings at FI is graded by the course coordinators on the basis of three evaluation forms (see Presentation Evaluation Form) filled in by coordinators and colleagues from the institute during the presentation.

Research paper
Minimum cijfer5,5

Research paper (70%)
The research paper is graded by the project supervisor and a second examiner (see the Research Paper Evaluation Form).

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