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Season school:  EDUCATIONAL DESIGN RESEARCH
Call for participation
Educational Design Research as a Means to Strengthen Relationships between Curriculum Research, Practice and Policy

Timing and location
Four-day event: 5th - 8th November 2013 at the University of Jaen, Spain

Attendees
The season school is aimed at
-  Doctoral/master students and early career curriculum/mathematics & science education researchers;
-  Curriculum professionals with research involvements within member institutions of CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research of Education in Europe) and EERA (European Educational Research Association).

The season school offers the participants a forum to deepen their research skills and extend their perspectives concerning the relevance of their research efforts and extend their networking.

Introduction to the theme
The essence of this season school is to strengthen the relationships between curriculum research (in general and in mathematics & science education more specifically), policy and practice. One of the major recommendations from the literature to improve the relevance of curriculum research is to make sure that research efforts relate to policy agendas of a country and to concerns in school practice. Curriculum research can play different roles in doing so: it can assist in signaling and interpreting curriculum issues (via monitoring and trend analysis); it can help to solve these issues (via curriculum design research/design-based research, DBR); and it can support the implementation and scaling of curriculum change efforts (via implementation and impact studies). In this season school we address the need for capacity building activities, especially in the planning and performing of curricular design research activities.

Aims and activities of the spring school
The season school aims at introducing curricular design research/DBR and at having hands-on experience connected to the work of the participants. The season school will consist of a combination of presentations by keynote speakers, activities in small working groups, and individual guidance. Issues and activities will be illustrated by examples from recent design research practices/studies and will be supported by tools and coaching on the spot. The following questions will be dealt with:
o   What are key characteristics of curricular design research?
o   How does curricular design research promote and realize the connections between curriculum research, policy and practice (e.g. in mathematics & science education)?
o   What does a curricular design research trajectory look like?
o   Who needs to be involved, and what are the specific roles?
o   How do you plan and perform curricular design research (e.g. in mathematics & science education)?
o   How do you deal with reliability and validity issues in curricular design research?
o   How do you present the results to other researchers, educational policy makers and practice?

Keynote presenters

Jan van den Akker       SLO, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development           Curriculum
Koeno Gravemeijer       Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands             Mathematics
Javier García García    University of Jaen, Span                                        Mathematics
Marta Romero Ariza      University of Jaen, Spain                                       Science
Birgit Pepin            Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag-HiST, Norway                  Mathematics
Nienke Nieveen          SLO, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development           Curriculum

Overall programme of season school
Keynote presentations (45 minutes each) + referent (15 minutes)
Whilst Keynote 1 will introduce participants to design research/DBR from the research perspective, Keynotes 2 to 5 speakers will introduce and illustrate an additional layer/perspective to the discussion (policy-, practice- and subject curriculum-related) and will coin a subset of statements and questions. After each keynote, a referent will react on the keynote and will raise some additional issues. Then, the statements and questions raised by the keynote speaker and referent will be discussed in small working groups and results will be collected. In this way participants will work towards a list of recommendations for increasing the relevance of curriculum research in general and, more specifically, concerning their individual research activities.

o   Keynote 1: Introduction to the theme: What does it mean to take a design research/DBR perspective?
Keynote speakers: Nienke Nieveen (SLO, The Netherlands) & Birgit Pepin (HiST, Norway)

o   Keynote 2: Input from curriculum policy perspective
Keynote speaker: Jan van den Akker (SLO, The Netherlands) 
Referent: Adam Handelzalts (University of Twente, The Netherlands) 

o   Keynote 3: Input from (mathematics) curriculum practice perspective
Keynote speaker: Javier García García (University of Jaen, Spain)
Referent: Birgit Pepin (HiST, Norway)

o   Keynote 4: Input from mathematics curriculum perspective
Keynote speaker: Koeno Gravemeijer (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Referent: Birgit Pepin (HiST, Norway)

o   Keynote 5: Input from science curriculum perspective
Keynote speaker: Marta Romero Ariza (University of Jaen, Spain)
Referent: Jan van den Akker (SLO, The Netherlands)
 
Detailed programme of season school
Day 1
Morning:     Arrival
Afternoon:       12.00:  Reception and welcome
           13.00:  Lunch
           14.30:  Opening
        14.45:  Keynote1 (NN & BP): Introduction to the theme: What does it
                                          mean to take a design research/DBR research perspective?     
15.45:  First round of working groups
           16.30:  Coffee
                17.00:  Collecting and discussing first key results/highlights/challenges
Evening:                19.00:  Dinner
Day 2
Morning:   9.00:   Keynote 2 (JA) + referent (AH): Curriculum policy perspective
           10.00:  Second round of working groups
          10.30:  Coffee
          10.45:  Cont. second round of working groups
Afternoon   13.00:  Lunch
           14.00:  Collecting and discussing results
               15.00:  Keynote 3 (JG) + referent (BP): (math) curriculum practice
                                          perspective
           16.00:  Third round of working groups
           16.30:  Coffee
          16.45:  Work on presentations
Evening:           19.00:  Dinner
Day 3
Morning:     9.00:   Keynote 4 (KG) + referent (BP): Mathematics curriculum perspective
              10.00:  Fourth round of working groups
          10.30:  Coffee
          10.45:  Cont. fourth round of working groups
Afternoon   13.00:  Lunch
           14.00:  Collecting and discussing results
               15.00:  Keynote 5 (MG) + referent (JA): Science curriculum perspective
          16.00:  Fifth round of working groups
           16.30:  Coffee
          16.45:  Work on presentations (group and individual)
Evening:            19.00:  Dinner
Day 4
Morning:     9.00:   Discussing results based of participants' presentations
        10.30:  Coffee
          10.45:  Reactions of participants and keynote speakers, Finalizing
                                          discussion
            12.00:  Wrapping up, Conclusions, Future directions, Next year spring
                                          school
                13.00:  Lunch and farewell

Costs
The spring school is free of charge for the participants. The organisation will cover the costs of three nights at the hotel and all meals during the spring school. Travel costs and longer stay at the hotel are not covered by the organisation.  

Programme committee
The programme committee consists of representatives of the following organizations:
EERA Network 3 Curriculum innovation, SLO:      Nienke Nieveen
EERA Network 24 Math education, HiST:   Birgit Pepin
University of Jaen:                             Javier García García
University of Jaen:                             Marta Romero Ariza             
University of Twente:                   Adam Handelzalts
Cidree/SLO:                             Jan van den Akker

Institutions and networks that financially support the season school
o   EERA Network 3: Curriculum innovation
o   EERA Network 24: Mathematics Education Research
o   CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research of Education in Europe)
o   Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag- HiST, Trondheim, Norway

Application

The first 40 suitable applications that arrive will be admitted. Applications need to be sent to Marian Nijhuis (oena@slo.nl) by June 30, 2013. Please, fill out the application form.


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Application Form Season School

"Educational Design Research as a Means to Strengthen Relationship between Curriculum Research, Practice and Policy"

November 5- November 8, 2013 in Jaen, University of Jaen, Spain

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