The research group Edubron was set up in 2000 and is part of the Department of Training and Education Sciences within the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp.
Our aim at Edubron is to provide training and education research with impact, both at the national and the international level. Our driving principle is to generate high-quality, innovative research, with both academic and societal relevance. In this way the Edubron team aspires to become a point of reference for fellow academics, policy-makers and practitioners.
Our research activities centre on questions that relate to the effects of educational processes and the mechanisms behind these effects and involve both fundamental and applied research. The use of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches results in a broad research focus at a variety of educational levels (ranging from primary education, through secondary to higher education and adult education), with, as key areas of interest, research into:
- Learning in transition
- Education for Sustainable Development and STEM education
- Measurement and evaluation
- Professional learning
- Policy and quality
- Psychosocial processes
The various members of the research group possess a wide range of methodological expertise. A major point of departure in this respect is undertaking ‘targeted’ research in which a combination of different types of qualitative and quantitative research methods is applied to specific problems.
In addition to research, Edubron also has many years of experience in training and education, service provision and consultancy. By always linking this to our research activities - and vice versa – Edubron is able to continue to ensure that the research we carry out is relevant and enables us, in collaboration with other actors, to make a contribution towards making informed choices in terms of policy and training and educational practice.