In collaboration with Prof. Christian Johannessen, Faculty of Science, UAntwerp

Two hundred years ago, the world of education was shaken up by the revolutionary ideas of the Enlightenment, personified by great thinkers like Prussian philosopher Wilhelm von Humboldt. The Humboldtian ideal of education centred on academic freedom and the integration of education and research (Klencke et al., 1854). Instead of passively transmitting knowledge and irrefutable dogmas, the emphasis came to lie on questioning and discussing them.

The theme remains relevant to this day. In this ECHO-tip we offer five possible scenarios for research-based teaching.

  1. ​Incorporate (your own) research results into your lectures
  2. Include academic literature in your learning materials
  3. Introduce students to research methods in an accessible way
  4. Put students in the shoes of a researcher through case studies
  5. Involve students in your own research

The scenarios build on the five prototypes of research-based teaching of Visser-Wijnveen et al. (2010). We critically evaluate each proposed approach on the basis of some advantages and disadvantages and we share the experiences of a Chemistry professor. We also look at whether the approach is suitable for large groups. Want to know more?