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EduBROn

Expertise

Counselling for teachers, schools, colleges, and universities with respect to innovation processes, and quality assurance Instrument Development and evaluation research Education for Sustainable Development, STEM- education and Environmental Education.

The Flemish School Inspection as a Lever for Educational Quality 01/06/2021 - 31/05/2023

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This research project provides insight into the effects of the Inspection 2.0 screening approach in Flemish compulsory education and in which (f)actors (inspection, school, user and context) play a role in explaining the effects of inspections in schools. The research also describes how competent Flemish principals and teachers are in the use of the so-called OK- framework (Frame of reference for Educational Quality) and how variation in this can be explained. To this end, a multi-method design will be rolled out consisting of survey research in 100 schools, 24 in-depth interviews with carefully selected school leaders and 10 case studies involving school management and teachers. In addition, the ambition of this study is to describe similarities and differences between the inspection approach , the Flemish National Assessment Programme (including future centralized tests) and international comparative research in order to explore ways in which these different sources and the associated data can be combined into more reliable and accurate statements about educational quality at system and school level. Starting from document analysis and cross instrumental research, this project outlines possible guidelines for future system-wide monitoring of educational quality.

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TIMSS 2019 Grade 4 Repeat Grade 6 01/02/2021 - 30/06/2022

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The TIMSS 2019 results regarding the average level of performance in mathematics and science of the Flemish 4th grade students were below expectations. Both science and mathematics recorded a significant drop down from the 2015 level. Further insight is desirable in order to inform educational policies and practices to turn the tide. TIMSS 2019-R will administer tests to the same sample of schools and students to determine the learning gains between 4th and 6th grade. Questionnaires will be administered to students, 5th and 6th grade teachers, and school administrators to identify the correlation of 6th grade results and learning gains with a number of context variables. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on effective learning time (quantitative and qualitative) mathematics and science are also examined.

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Trends in International Mathematics en Science Study (TIMSS) 2023 – grade 4 in Flanders. 01/01/2021 - 30/06/2025

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TIMSS is an international comparative study on the achievement for science and mathematics of pupils in the fourth grade. The data collection takes place in a representative sample and the results will be the basis for policy recommendations. We focus on (1) achievement of Flemish pupils, (2) explain differences based on pupil, class and school characteristics, (3) compare with other participating countries and (4) trends in the achievement of Flemish pupils over time.

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Virtual Laboratories for Exoplanets and Planet Forming Disks (CHAMELEON) 01/06/2020 - 31/05/2024

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The first detection of an exoplanet marked a new epoch in our hopes to detect extraterrestrial life. These detections have opened new parameter spaces and demonstrate that physical and chemical conditions exists in (A) planet forming disks that are vastly different from what we know in the solar system and in (B) (exo)planets that are vastly different from those that characterized planet Earth when life originated in an anoxic soup, and yet could allow for life-bearing chemistry to occur. In this MC-ITN, we focus on the development of Virtual Laboratories which will be the crucial tool to analyze in detail current and future disk and exoplanet observations, and for filling the gaps of incomplete observational data. Our Virtual Laboratories will use advanced numerical and statistical methods that comprise input from astrophysics, computational chemistry, laboratory and theoretical physics, geosciences, mathematics, and computer sciences. Virtual laboratories play a key role in simulating yet unexplored physico-chemical environments. Our 3 major objectives are: -- Scientific: Retrieve and predict the chemical composition of planet-forming disks and exoplanet atmospheres. -- Technological: Knowledge transfer between planet and disk community by the exchange of state-of-the-art codes. Apply and develop models of different complexity as link between big observational and numerical modelling data. Explore models as Virtual Laboratories for parameter spaces that cannot be reached by observations nor by (laboratory) experiments. -- Educational: Train complex modelling and big-data interpretation. Use fascination for exoplanets and their birthplaces to promote science in the society and in the local and wider communities due to dedicated art & education and art & science projects.

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    iSTEM, a support cell for schools in STEM didactics (iSTEM). 15/12/2018 - 14/12/2021

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    The five pillars for iSTEM didactics are: • interdisciplinary integration of STEM content • problem-centered learning • learning and designing • cooperative learning • subject didactics basis Teacher Design Teams (TDT) or Learning Design Studios will be used as an approach to foster professional learning of teachers and to introduce the teachers in this approach. The aim of the TDT's is to develop materials and methods which will be implemented and tested. The priority areas for the development of the iSTEM didactics are: • First two grades of secondary education • Technical and vocational education An effectiveness research will be conducted to make the results of this approach visible at the level of pupils.

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    Trends in International Mathematics en Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 – grade 4 in Flanders. 01/09/2017 - 31/12/2021

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    TIMSS is an international comparative study on the achievement for science and mathematics of pupils in the fourth grade. The data collection takes place in a representative sample and the results will be the basis for policy recommendations. We focus on (1) achievement of Flemish pupils, (2) explain differences based on pupil, class and school characteristics, (3) compare with other participating countries and (4) trends in the achievement of Flemish pupils over time.

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    Sabbatical leave 2018-2019 Prof. Peter Van Petegem 01/10/2018 - 30/09/2019

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    At NTNU a unique educational project is running across all faculties of the university, more specifically 'Experts in Teamwork', focusing on interdisciplinary cooperation skills. In recent years, a lot of efforts were invested in education, and at the same time a lot of data has been collected with the aim of researching the effectiveness of this learning environment. The focus of my sabbatical will be on a thorough evaluation study, in which different cohort groups can be used (annually> 2000 students, divided into 'villages' of 25-30 students, with interdisciplinary groups of 5-6 people), with three measuring moments each. Besides the track of psychometric research, structural comparisons, multilevel analyzes with multiple measurement moments, I want to discover a second track, more specifically data mining. There is expertise available at NTNU in this area and I would like to explore the possibilities for analyzing large data files with educational variables.

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    AIRbezen@School. 01/06/2018 - 31/05/2020

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    Measuring air pollution by using strawberry plants The AIRbezen project is a clever word pun on the Flemish of Antwerp dialect word for strawberries (jarrebezen) and, obviously, the word air. By examining the leaves of strawberry plants, AIRbezen maps the air quality of a city or province. Strawberry plants are distributed among families, schools or associations, who give the plant a place on the windowsill. After 2 months the strawberry-hosts cut off a few leaves and bring them in at the distribution points. The researchers at the University of Antwerp then measure the concentrations of particulate matter on the leaves, thus revealing to what the plant was exposed. AIRbezen is a real citizen science project in the sense that citizens actively participate in a research project. There is a strong interaction between participants and the University of Antwerp, whereby citizens collect data, the university interprets said data and the results flow back to the citizens. The project was successfully applied for the first time in 2014 in Antwerp, but soon expanded to schools, East Flanders and projects abroad. AIRbezen came to be thanks to a number of enthusiastic volunteers, Stadslab 2050 and the Department of Bio-Engineering Sciences of the University of Antwerp. If you have more questions about past projects or want to collaborate with us, you can reach us at AIRbezen@uantwerpen.be

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    D-PAC: from research project to spin-off. 01/06/2018 - 31/10/2019

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    This POC application enables D-PAC to start a successful spin-off. In the last four years, D-PAC was a IWT-SBO financed research project having two aims. Firstly, the method of comparative judgement for the assessment of competences was investigated. Secondly, a prototype tool needed to be developed that supports assessments using the principles of comparative judgement. Currently, the research project reaches the last phase, and the research group EduBROn can conclude that the method of comparative judgements has a sound scientific underpinning and many opportunities for implementation. Also, the number of D-PAC users increases, because the tool offers great value regarding high quality judgements and interesting learning applications. To transform the research project D-PAC to a successful spin-off, it is important to translate the current tool to a viable product for which users can and will pay. In addition, more effort is needed to develop a business plan, for which next to the Flemish educational market also the international educational market and other markets will be studied. Therefore, this project proposes four working packages. The first working package concerns the development of an algorithm server, which enables the use of the by D-PAC developed algorithms for comparative judgement in other platforms. The second working package focuses on the development of a Content Management System (CMS) for educational purposes. Based on four years of experience, this CMS can be developed according to the needs of end users in education in such a way that they shall be willing to pay for it. The third working package investigates the business model for education. This mainly concerns studying whether assumptions and strategies working for the Flemish context can be applied for the Dutch and international market as well. The fourth working package deals with a market investigation for other applications of D-PAC, as for example selection, prioritizing or training aims.

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    Evaluation of policy-making capacities of schools 03/05/2018 - 30/10/2018

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    The project aims to map the policy-making capacity of schools in Vilvoorde in a pre-post design, and with an experimental and control group. The experimental group is a group of schools that participates in an intervention aimed at the support of the development of alanguage policy at school level. This part of the project concerns the pre-measurement of the design at the start of the intervention.

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    Promoting formative assessment: from theory to policy and practice (FORMAS). 01/01/2018 - 30/04/2021

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    FORMAS is an ERASMUS+ project, involving the international partners Belgium, the Netherlands, Cyprus and Greece. The aim is to support formative assessment in schools. To this end, a teacher professional development initiative around formative assessment in mathematics is developed and evaluated.

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    Policy making capacities of school boards. Development of a self-evaluation instrument 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2018

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    Development of a self-evaluation instrument for Flemish school boards. The King Baudouin Foundation wants to equip school boards with an instrument to map out their own policy-making capacity and to benchmark them with other school boards. In order to do this a conceptual framework is developed and operationalized by edubron.

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    Valorizing Integrated and Action-Oriented Education for Sustainable Development at School (VALIES). 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021

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    VALIES focuses on the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in formal education in Flanders. A central issue is a teacher professional development (TPD) within which teacher teams develop and implement ESD in the context of their own school. The research focuses on (1) the operationalisation of 'action competence' as the outcome of ESD, (2) the effectiveness of the TPD (3) the effectiveness of ESD (4) the role school culture, en (5) the role of social contexts. The project will result in tools that aim to facilitate the implementation of ESD in formal education in Flanders.

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    ARTIFEX – Informal STEM learning in innovative learning spaces 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2020

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    ARTIFEX is an ERASMUS+ project designed to establish a practical European framework for STEM education in innovative out-of-the-classroom learning environments such as Fablabs or Makerspaces. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, thus incorporating science, technology and mathematics. A Fablab or Makerspace is a small-scale workplace where you can manufacture products using modern technologies such as 3D printers and laser cutters.

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    Short and long term effects of Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2018

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    This project focuses on the evaluation of short and long term effects on environmental education for sustainable development. The project entails a close collaboration with practioners in the field of EE and also focuses on building their competences for performing outcome evaluation.

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    From "caring without cares" to "how to keep teaching cool". 01/10/2016 - 30/09/2017

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    Stress and burnout are becoming serious problems in Belgium. This causes a wide array of negative consequences for the individual, the team, the quality of work and the organization. During the past years an e-learning program to prevent stress and burn-out within the nursing population was developed by the Centre of Expertise on Psychological Wellbeing in Patient Care. This program distinguishes itself from existing products by the fact that it is personalized, aimed specifically at nurses and based on scientific research. However, stress and burnout are not only pressing issues in nursing, but within other sectors as well. Therefore, we want to investigate whether the concept of an individual and job specific elearning program – which has been validated within the nursing population – can be transferred to other sectors. We aim to do so by first transferring this concept to another social profession and population at risk where the need for preventive measures is tangible – more specifically to lecturers within higher education. As such, the study at hand serves as a proof of concept to demonstrate that the program is also more widely applicable. This will facilitate the valorization of the program. Therefore, we will 1) investigate on which topics the content of the prevention program for nurses differs from that for lecturers and which content can be transferred without adjustments, 2) subsequently, insert this content in the existing framework or structure; 3) study the effect of this prevention program; 4) and finally, select the most appropriate model for commercialization. After finalizing the study at hand, we will take further steps to adjust this concept to other professions and commercialize these as well.

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    • Centre for Research and Innovation in Care (CRIC)

    Policy Research Centre of Education Research 01/07/2016 - 31/08/2020

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    The Centre for Education Research has been recognized by the Flemish Government as a Centre for Policy Research for the period 2016-2020. It is a joint venture of UGent, KULeuven, UAntwerpen, VUB and Artevelde University College. The main tasks are: (1) Conducting research on themes that are considered by the Flemish government as a priority and relevant to its future policy, and (2) Valorisation and transfer of knowledge, using e.g. reports and the organisation of seminars. The research includes three thematic lines, regarding: A. The learner, B. The teacher and the school and C. The organization of education in Flanders.

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    Project Workplace learning 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2017

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    This project entails the development of an instrument to measure learning readiness / employment readiness for workplace learning in formal learning trajectories. This project is in cooperation with 'provinciaal Onderwijs Vlaanderen'

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    Credit for the Libraries in Social and Human Sciences (Antwerp School of Education). 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2017

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    This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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    The role of competences for sustainable development in higher education: implications for curriculum, research competences and policy development. 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2016

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    Universities and other higher education institutions are paying considerable attention to the integration of sustainable development within their core functions: education, research, outreach and campus operations. Within education, the focus is set on competences for sustainable development, necessary to enable students to cope with the complexity and uncertainty of sustainability issues in society. These competences are defined in numerous projects and publications, and usually comprise elements of systems thinking, future thinking (or anticipatory competence), interpersonal competence, normative competence and strategic competence. The integration of these competences requires specific conditions in the curriculum, one of which is the role of research competences and their possible contribution towards acquiring competences for sustainable development. Other specific conditions are oriented towards policy development and assessment of higher education study programs. This doctoral project has a threefold ambition: (1) analyse the definition and integration of competences for sustainable development in higher education curricula; (2) explore the interrelations between competences for sustainable development and research competences; (3) analyse the implications of the integration of these competences for policy development in higher education, with specific focus towards sustainability assessment and change management approach

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    Impact evaluation Expert Language Policy Program 01/08/2015 - 31/01/2016

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    1. What are the policy making capacities concerning language policies of the primary schools of Genk, that have participated to the 'Expert Language Policy' program? 2. What are the effects of the support and professional development courses? To answer these research questions, qualitative and quantitative research methods will be conducted.

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    Supporting Green School councilors to establish professional development activities. 01/03/2015 - 31/08/2016

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    MOS Vlaanderen recently made a lot of changes. Also today, the organization and its organization are innovating. The project 'Guidance of MOS employees in helping to set up training, exchange and process guidance' fits into this process. A number of practices were examined in the project and investigated in view of further renewal. The project took place from March 2015 to July 2016. During this period, MOS supervisors went into an research oriented practice. From the Edubron research group, support was provided and the learning outcomes were mapped. The project included two learning networks, an interview and six experiments. The experiments took place in six different schools, with a maximum of variation. Each experiment had a different theme: greening, pedagogical guidance, intakes, participation, measuring learning gains, and campus school. Together, these parts of the project were a rich source of learning experiences, which oriented the recommendations for the MOS practice

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    Secondary analyses on TALIS-data with respect to professional development and collaborative learning. 01/01/2015 - 30/04/2015

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Large-scale testing of competences. Development of an evaluation matrix for test programs and inventory of good practices. 01/10/2014 - 31/05/2016

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Scenario's for monitoring learning (gains) in Flanders: design research into feasibility and desirability 01/10/2014 - 31/03/2016

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    There are good reasons to get a (more) systematic picture of learning outcomes in Flemish compulsory education. However, systems for monitoring learning outcomes give rise to critical questions, and sometimes unintended effects (can) occur. This study substantiates possible scenarios for monitoring learning outcomes and investigates whether these are feasible and desirable in a Flemish context. Central to this research is the identification of design principles for setting up a tailor made monitoring system. This is done using a systematic literature review, a Delphi study and the study of foreign monitoring systems. Based on the design principles scenarios are written and tested with stakeholders during in-depth interviews.

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    STEM@school : developing and introducing integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education to Flemish secondary schools. 01/06/2014 - 31/05/2018

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    This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Development, validation and effects of a digital platform for the assessement of competences (D-PAC). 01/01/2014 - 30/04/2018

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    This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Ready for higher education? A longitudinal study of the influence of study choice process and academic integration process on study succes in first year higher education. 01/12/2013 - 30/11/2017

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    Academic integration turns out to be an important predictor of first-year students' study success in higher education. This concept refers to the extent to which students can adjust themselves to fit into the new academic environment. Academic integration can be investigated by looking at different student characteristics. Although academic integration is viewed as an 'evolving' concept, it is mainly investigated from a static viewpoint. Integration of transition theories into longitudinal process models can help resolve this issue. The aim of this research project is to examine changes in first-year students' academic integration by integrating Nicholson's transition model with a longitudinal process model. Nicholson's transition model (1990) generally describes transition as a four-phase process: preparation, encounter, adjustment and stabilization. This implies an expanded conceptual framework including variables related to students' preparation in secondary education (prior achievement, study choice processes) and a refinement of the academic transition into an encounter and an adjustment phase. This conceptual framework will be tested using a longitudinal dataset already collected within another study project on students' transition from secondary to higher education or the labour market (N=3700 students). To examine the relations between study success, changes in academic integration and the preparation in secondary education, this research project will be set up in four research stages: a descriptive, an explorative, a testing and a theoretical stage. The first three stage will each aim at a higher level of analysis and gradually investigate the conceptual model underpinning this project. The last stage will be aimed at theory building by integration of the results of this project with the relevant knowledge bases. This project is innovative in multiple ways. As far as we know, it is the first research project to fully integrate a longitudinal process model with a transition model. Second, the five-wave longitudinal data set allows for in depth examination of causality. Third, the data set contains students from both professional and academic bachelor programs. This will enhance the generalizability of the results of this research project. Finally, this research project will contribute to theory building which is highly needed within this research domain.

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    NME within PROVANT. Nature and environmental education in the Province of Antwerp: targeted and effective? 01/07/2013 - 30/09/2015

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Province of Antwerp. UA provides the Province of Antwerp research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Expert Language Policy. 01/07/2013 - 31/12/2013

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Genk. UA provides Genk research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Creation reports pedagogical guidance services OVSG and POV. 01/02/2013 - 28/02/2013

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract

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    Impact study of the project Mobilus. 01/01/2013 - 30/09/2013

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde. The subject of the study is the effectiveness of the educational intervention 'Mobibus'. Specific attention goes to its impact on the knowledge, attitudes and competences relating to both trafic safety and sustainable mobilty of Flemish 9th graders.

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    The use of Information by school leaders and teachers. 01/08/2012 - 31/01/2014

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    Although (Flemish) education has a long tradition of collecting information, the full potential of the use of this information has only recently been recognized. As yet, however, little is known about how available evidence informs policy and practice in Flemish schools. This study provides insight into how school leaders and teachers use information for making policy and practice related decisions. It will describe the current practices and will provide evidence for the explanation and evaluation of current information-driven policy and practice. The conceptual approach of information brokerage is put central. To achieve the project goals several methodological techniques will be used: literature research, in-depth interviews and a survey study.

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    Evaluation of the Flemish school advisory services in adult education. 15/07/2012 - 14/12/2012

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Research on determinants of flow and differences in workplace learning with strong students. 15/04/2012 - 14/04/2013

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand KdG. UA provides KdG research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Kickstart your future. 01/04/2012 - 31/03/2015

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    During this project, the promoter, partners together with teachers and counselors will develop and validate tools and methods to coach young people in their first steps from vocational education towards the labour market. With this project we give incentives and coaching to young people and to intermediates so young people will be better equipped to enter the labour market.

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    The evaluation of the teacher evaluation system in nursery and primary education and schools for part-time arts education 01/03/2012 - 31/03/2013

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    The research aims to study the practice and effects of teacher evaluation in schools for nursery and primary education and schools for part-time arts education. The study will analyze which characteristics the teacher evaluation systems have, how school characteristics influence the evaluation system , how different actors perceive the systems and what the effects of teacher evaluation are. Firstly, a survey will be administered to principals and all teachers in 100 schools for nursery and primary education and 10 schools for part-time arts education. Secondly, semi structured interviews will be conducted with the school community's coordinator, the principal, a union representative and two teachers of 15 schools for nursery and primary education and 3 schools for part-time arts education.

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    Impact Analysis and Suggestions for Improvement of Environmental Care in Schools (MOS) 01/03/2012 - 31/05/2012

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Study "Youth and Science". 21/11/2011 - 20/11/2012

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Operation, range and impact of educational counseling services in Flanders. 17/11/2011 - 31/07/2012

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    The goal of the project is the analysis of the effect, impact and the scope of the work of educational and counseling services from the perspective of the SNPB educational supervisors and educational institutions and the CLBs.

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    Startup TALIS 2013 in Flanders. 16/08/2011 - 30/11/2011

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Active promotion of inquiry-based learning in secondary school classes. 15/05/2011 - 15/10/2011

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    By means of a reviewstudy we investigate how research competencies of students in secondary education can be optimised. We describe and analyse systematically the reported effects within the international databases of different didactical approaches to stimulate inquiry learning of students. Also different conditions in the teaching learning environments that are needed to support research capacity building among students are explored.

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    Motivation and willingness to learn of secondary school children: a review study. 01/04/2011 - 15/10/2011

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand VLOR. UA provides VLOR research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Evaluation "Well-being at school". 28/02/2011 - 31/12/2011

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Provincie Limburg. UA provides Provincie Limburg research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Learn patterns in transition: dimensionality, validity and development. 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2015

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UAntwerpen and on the other hand the client. UAntwerpen provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Follow-up study of graduates from provincial secondary schools in their transition to higher education/the labour market and formulating proposals to optimize this transition. 18/06/2010 - 30/09/2013

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    Moving up smoothly from secondary education to higher education or to the active labour market is crucial in this society. In practice however, we find that this transition is not always very easy and that it is not as obvious for every student. To better understand this issue and to draw up desirable measures, The Province of Antwerp has decided to conduct scientific research, together with the Institute of Education and Information Sciences of the University of Antwerp. There are three foci in this project: (1) gain insight into the profile of students leaving the sixth grade of secondary education; (2) gain insight into the link between this profile and the transition to the labour market/tertiairy education (grade 7 in secondary education or higher education); en (3) gain insight into desirable measures to optimize the transition from secondary education to the labour market/tertiairy education.

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    The evaluation of the evaluation system for teachers. 01/04/2010 - 30/09/2011

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Research on differences in learning and performing in adult education. 01/03/2010 - 31/05/2010

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    The main goal of the research project is to investigate the quality of learning approaches of adult learners in adult education by means of a cross-sectional and longitudinal research design. In particular the investigation of learning approach development and the relationship with personal and contextual determinants is put central as well as the relationship between learning approach and academic achievement.in adult education.

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    Credit for the Libraries in Social and Human Sciences (Antwerp School of Education). 15/09/2009 - 31/12/2014

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    This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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    Content validation of a self-evaluation tool for CLBs. 01/03/2009 - 31/08/2009

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Vrije-CLB-Koepel. UA provides Vrije-CLB-Koepel research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Research into the effects of learning support in teacher training. 01/09/2008 - 31/12/2011

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    Research into the effects of learning support in teacher training is scarce. This mixed method research project aims to investigate the effects of learning support on cognitive, metacognitive and non-cognitive output measures. In addition also differential effects of learning support will be investigated and related to pre-entry characteristics.

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    Desire in Learning and Work. 01/09/2008 - 31/08/2011

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    This research project aims to enhance the transition of students from secondary to higher education and from higher education to the labour market. Assessing and monitoring learning competencies throughout the school career can be supportive in this regard. By means of mixed method research different instruments to assess and coach individual differences in learning and motivation are developed and validated.

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    Learning style development through the school career in secondary and higher education. A longitudinal study. 01/07/2008 - 31/12/2012

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    The main target of this research project is to assess the development of learning styles (relationships between learning conceptions, motivational aspects, metacognitive and cognitive learning strategies) in secondary and higher education by means of a longitudinal research design. The influence of different personal and contextual factors on learning style development are analyzed

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    The evaluation of school communities in primary and secondary education. 01/02/2008 - 31/03/2010

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    The aim of the study is to evaluate the school communities in primary and secondary education in Flanders. The study analyzes the added value of the school communities, the impact of the school communities' policy making capacity (goal orientedness, team-characteristics and decision making process) on their policy results and the impact of input and context variables (e.g. school boards, size, number of FTE's). A survey will be administered to principals, school board representatives and coordinators of 76 school communities in primary education and 53 school communities in secondary education. In 8 school communities, principals and representatives of school boards will be interviewed and focus discussions will be organized with teachers and middle manangers.

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    Optimalisation of the admission test in higher art education. 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009

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    The purpose of the research is to optimize the admission test in higher education in terms of reliability and (predictive) validity. Data (stable and changeable student characteristics, test results) of an entire cohort students will be analysed, from the initial admission test till their final exams in the first academic year. The outcomes of the research have scientific educational and policy making relevance.

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    The TALIS project in Flanders -2008, 2009. 01/01/2008 - 30/09/2009

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    This survey emerges from the INES-project, that develops statistics and indicators which assist policy makers in describing and assessing their education system. Regarding, teachers, teching and learning, important information gaps are being recognised. This survey focuses on 1) recognition, feedback, reward and evaluation of teachers; 2) school leadership; 3) teacher practices, beliefs and attitudes; 4) mentorship; and 5) professional development. The international co-ordinator issues the guidelines, whereas the Flemish project manager conducts the survey. In 2007, a representative sample of ISCED 2- teachers and principals will be questioned. After producing a database, the data will be analysed in a descriptive and explanatory way. Finally, attention will go out to the valorisation in Flanders.

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    Content validation of a self-evaluation tool for CLBs 01/01/2008 - 31/08/2008

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Vrije-CLB-Koepel. UA provides Vrije-CLB-Koepel research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    The environmental worldview and behaviour of children: an interdisciplinary approach. 01/10/2007 - 30/09/2011

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    In an interdisciplinary approach, the environmental worldview and behaviours of children are researched in Flanders and in countries in development. An important part of the project focuses on the influence of person based variables and the social context. The impact of environmental education initiatives are assessed, focussing on differences between cultures, between subcultures and between urban and rural societies.

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    Better mastery of language by intensive guidance? An effect study of the guidance project "Border and linguistic frontier communes and communes in the Broad Border around Brussels". 01/06/2007 - 31/12/2010

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    In Flanders, the three official school-guidance instances developed a joint guidance programme to increase the language skills of pupils in the Flemish border around Brussels. 128 primary schools are guided during 4 school years with the following goals: to increase the policy-making capability of schools in order to enable schools to develop a good language policy; to increase the insights and capability of teachers to deal with a multi-linguistic class-context; to increase the language skills of the pupils. This research project has the goal to evaluate this guidance programme. By applying a multi-method research design we want to describe the differences between schools concerning the implementation of the guidance programme and to evaluate the effect of the guidance programme on different levels: school-, teacher- and pupil-level.

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    Stimulating critical and flexible cognitions. 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2011

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    The team from Antwerp will mainly contribute (theoretically, methodologically and empirically) to the issues dealing with the enhancement of critical and flexible thinking by means of instruction and the way this is assessed. The team from Antwerp has expertise concerning the design and evaluation of learning environments in different fields, such as language education, mathematics education, teacher education, medical education and adult education.

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    Policy Study Centre Study and Educational carreer (2007-2011). 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2011

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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    Teachers learning from pupils: an implementation project for teachers using a validated instrument for self-evaluation and feedback. 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2008

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    The implementation project initiates the participants -on the basis of a validated instrument- into the concepts of self-evaluation and feedback. The participating teachers will be led -(inter-actively) through a cycle, which enables them to analyse and to evaluate their functioning in the class. The condition for participation is a clear engagement to set up a self-evaluation procedure in the own professional context.

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    Scientific evaluation concering the local consultative platforms in Flanders. 01/10/2006 - 31/07/2007

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    September 14, 2002 (adjusted August 30, 2005) the Decree for Equal Educational Opportunities (GOK-I) was empowered by the Flemish Government with the aim to guarantee and create equal opportunities for all pupils in Flanders, especially for unprivileged non native and native pupils. One of the three pillars of the GOK-I-decree describes the forming of Local Consultation Platforms (LOP). A LOP joins school boards, educational institutional bodies, parents, pupils, centers for pupil guidance and partners from the ethno-socio-cultural civil society in a consultation platform. They are supported by a chair and an expert. A LOP mediates when a pupil is rejected in a right of precedence or matriculation and supports in the search for a new school. In the school year 2002-2003 69 Flemish LOPs were created. After an initial evaluation research (Deneire et. al., 2004) it is now time for a more profound evaluation. The development and working process of the LOPs have evolved with large enough extent to provide a solid ground for a scientific evaluation research project. This evaluation research describes both the efficiency as the effectiveness concerning internal and decretal expectations, and the relation with input and context variables. The combination of qualitative and quantitative research provides empirical answers on the question to which extent the LOPs are effective policy instruments.

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    Crazy about experimenting. 01/09/2006 - 31/08/2008

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    Youth associations are an ideal medium to reach youngsters outside the school context. In Flanders, approximately 250,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 are actively involved in a youth association. For example more than 70,000 boys and girls are a member of Scouts and guides Flanders, 78,500 young people have been registered at Chirojeugd and 35,000 at KSJ-KSA-VKSJ. The aim of the "Mad about Experiments" project is to offer these youngsters the possibility to carry out experiments and gain insight in their scientific context. The experiments are coupled to a game element; thus motivation is raised and interest in sciences is encouraged. The project is carried out in cooperation with the youth associations. 15 scientific subjects, that fit within the activities of youth associations, are approached in a multidisciplinary manner. Not only technical aspects are examined but wherever possible also cultural, historical or socio-economical. This duality is especially important for girls, as they are attracted more by the social relevance and impact of scientific subjects.

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    Survey on teachers, teaching and learning in Flanders. 01/08/2006 - 31/12/2008

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    This survey emerges from the INES-project, that develops statistics and indicators which assist policy makers in describing and assessing their education system. Regarding, teachers, teching and learning, important information gaps are being recognised. This survey focuses on 1) recognition, feedback, reward and evaluation of teachers; 2) school leadership; 3) teacher practices, beliefs and attitudes; 4) mentorship; and 5) professional development. The international co-ordinator issues the guidelines, whereas the Flemish project manager conducts the survey. In 2007, a representative sample of ISCED 2- teachers and principals will be questioned. After producing a database, the data will be analysed in a descriptive and explanatory way. Finally, attention will go out to the valorisation in Flanders.

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    SICI Blue Book, electronic version. 01/08/2006 - 31/12/2007

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    Each school its own mirror. The development of a Flemish educational performance feedback system for enhancing chances for educational improvement. 01/06/2006 - 01/06/2010

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    Within the field of educational research, world-wide many research efforts have been spent on the identification of relevant performance indicators for schools and educational systems, and factors within classrooms, schools and educational systems that account for differences in learning gains and educational attainment. Valorising the knowledge base yielded by that research, since the 1980's school performance feedback systems (SPFS) were established in a number of countries, aiming at giving schools confidential feedback on how well they are doing in adding to the learning gains in their students. A remarkable finding is that the effects of such feedback nor the conditions that have to be met to make it work, i.e. have it used in such a way the chances for school improvement are effectively enhanced, has hardly been the focus of systematic research. At the same time some fundamental problems with regard to the validity and reliability of performance indicators and related measures need to be addressed. Addressing both a number of those fundamental problems as well as the issue of what makes school performance feedback work, the proposed research serves a number of goals: 1. contributing to the fundamental knowledge base with respect to educational indicators, more particularly with regard to the creation of valid and reliable performance indicators and valid and reliable indicators for explanatory factors at higher levels; 2. contributing to a knowledge base needed for the application of performance indicators in the educational field at large, i.e. with schools not belonging to a representative sample; 3. contributing to bridging the gap between the school effectiveness research paradigm and the school improvement research paradigm, by establishing a knowledge base for creating effective evidence based feedback, involving both issues with regard to content and presentation of feedback and conditions to be met by the receiver of the feedback;

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    An adapted follow-up for pupils coming from OKAN (i.e. a preparatory class for non-Dutch speaking newcomers). A research concerning the need, the implementation and the effect of a second year of OKAN. 01/05/2006 - 30/11/2007

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    In metropolises there is a growing number of pupils with language retardation who fail to keep up with others, especially pupils coming from 'OKAN' i.e. a preparatory class for non-Dutch speaking newcomers. In educational practice one is convinced that one year of OKAN is insufficient to prepare pupils for a successful transfer to secondary education. This research project has three aims: (1) to gather information on the transfer of OKAN-pupils to secondary education; (2) to describe the implementation process of a second year of OKAN; (3) to investigate whether pupils are better prepared for a transfer to secondary education after a second year of OKAN. In order to realise these aims, (1) a descriptive research is set up to describe the OKAN problems in Flanders; (2) a school ethnographic research is carried out in two Antwerp schools that experiment with a second year of OKAN; (3) an evaluation is performed in order to check whether these experiments are successful.

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    The perception of teachers and school principals of curriculum goals (end and developmental goals) in primary education. 01/11/2005 - 31/03/2007

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    The construction of developmental objectives (DO) and attainment targets (AT) in primary education and the settled agreements within a Flemish decree have emerged a lot of controversy about the legitimate interpretation of these objectives and targets. Not only do several curriculum documents of umbrella organisations (OVSG, RAGO, VSKO) differ in their interpretation of DO/AT, also the ways in which they are translated into learning materials do have an impact upon the realisation of these objectives and targets in primary education. Teachers' and principals' perceptions about the utility and value of the DO/AT in primary education can put the so called legitimate interpretation of these goals further under pressure. Teachers and principals are crucial mediators between interpretation and realisation of DO/AT in education. In their daily practice they express in a way their implicit (professional practice) or explicit (reflections about learning and teaching) attitudes towards these objectives and targets. A survey-research is proposed in order to give evidence-based answers to the following main research questions: (1) what is the underlying vision upon the DO/AT as formulated in the curriculum documents of umbrella organisations (OVSG, RAGO,VSKO); (2) in which ways do teachers and principals appreciate the DO/AT; (3) in which ways can the DO/AT be viewed as directional criteria. The forthcoming evidence-based results of this research could be used in the democratic dialogue about the utility and value of DO/AT in education

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    Publication monography : Research to characteristics of learning and teaching in higher education. 13/09/2005 - 31/12/2005

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    Conceptions of learning. The critical transition from primary to secondary education. 01/04/2005 - 31/03/2006

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    The research project will investigate the relations between learning conceptions, motivation, self-regulated learning among primary school children as they negotiate the transition from primary to secondary school. The study will follow an exploratory mixed methods design (Creswell, 2002) to accommodate the development of an instrument for measuring self-regulated learning.

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    Feedback of students towards teachers in secondary education : development and validation of an instrument. 01/01/2005 - 31/12/2006

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    The main target of this research project is to develop and validate an instrument that allows students in secondary education to give feedback to their teachers. The theoretical frame of reference is based on school effectiveness research. Two instruments for self-evaluation have already been developed (Van Petegem, 1997 and Van Petegem a.o., 2003), in which a specific part (class level variables) can be used as an basis for the development of a feedback instrument for students.

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    Publication Ph.D. study (Sven De Maeyer) Research to characteristics of effective schools. 28/06/2004 - 31/12/2004

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    Participation-barometer. Developing an instrument for measuring the participation of teachers and parents. 01/06/2004 - 30/11/2005

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    The government attaches great importance to the participation of the different actors in education. There's a resounding demand to conceptualize participation as being integrated with the whole school-business. To evaluate her policy concerning participation, the Flemish government needs objective data-gathering which builds on this integrated view on participation. Moreover, there's a need for the development of an instrument that measures the participation of the different actors in education. A similarly instrument for measuring the participation of pupils is already developed. The goal of this research is to develop an instrument for measuring the participation of teachers and parents. This instrument will be integrated with the existing instrument on learners-participation.

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    Genetic engineering. 01/05/2004 - 31/12/2005

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    Pupils from five Flemish schools are given the opportunity to learn interactively about some techniques involving genetic engineering. This involves gathering scientific and up-to-date information and discussing the ethical and social implications of genetic engineering with scientists and experts. The project involves cooperation between pupils, teachers of different disciplines, scientists and genetic engineering companies .

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    The policymaking capacity of primary and secondary schools. 01/04/2004 - 30/11/2005

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    The study analyses the policymaking capacity of elementary and secondary schools. The study examines the way schools manage the autonomy in their policy. The influence of the principals, the teachers, the middle management and the school administration will be analysed. The research focuses on networks between schools. The policymaking power and the networking between schools will be mapped out on basis of semi-structural interviews in 6 elementary and 6 secondary schools. Furthermore a survey will be administered to a representative sample of school leaders and teachers. Five networks will be analysed (interviews with experts). The results will be discussed in a panel-session.

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    Educational Change and Learning Style Flexibility in Vocational Education. 01/03/2004 - 30/06/2007

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    A longitudinal quantitative case-study is carried out directed to study learning processes and learning styles of pupils in vocational education. Personal (gender, personality traits, motivation) and contextual variables are studied in relationship with learning.

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    Update of the Flemish Eurydice report 2002. 19/01/2004 - 30/04/2004

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    The Flemish Eurydice report will be updated on the basis of new Flemish data on education of the year 2003. This update encompasses the following steps: (1) delineation of the scientific concept; (2) inventarisation of potential sources and source-criticism; (3) adaptation of the structure of the report; (4) update of the report; and (5) update of the English report.

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    Self-evaluation inside out. Development of an instrument for meta-evaluation: describing, judging and explaining the quality of self-evaluations. 01/01/2004 - 31/12/2007

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    This research project investigates how the quality of a self-evaluation can be operationalised and to what extent that the quality of self-evaluations can be explained by the features of the self-evaluation process, the organisation-effectiveness and reflective capacities of schools? Therefore the following research methods are applied: study of literature, Delphi study, in-depth interviews, participative observation and survey research. The findings will result in a validated instrument for meta-evaluation.

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    Follow up of Network C (INES , OECD). 01/01/2004 - 31/12/2004

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    Network C belongs to the INES program of the OECD. It is a joint venture of 27 OECD members 'under chairmanship of the Netherlands (University Twente)- that focuses on the development and refinement of process indicators related to education; more specifically the learning environment, school organisation and processes within schools. In other words, the mission of Network C is to develop indicators that try to explain the so-called black box schools. The indicators are published every year in 'Education at a Glance' (OECD), and also in international reports such as 'Completing the foundation for lifelong learning. A survey of Upper Secondary Schools.' (OECD, 2004).

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    The functioning of local consultation platforms in Flanders. 01/12/2003 - 15/03/2004

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    In light of the decree on equal opportunities, local consultation platforms (lcp) have been established. This study evaluates the functioning of these lcp's. The evaluation targets approximately 4000 lcp members and involves the following actions: questionnaire design; data collection, input, processing and analysis; reporting and formulating policy recommendations.

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    An evaluative analysis of the implementation of the principles of learning style flexibility in teaching and learning in Higher Education. 15/10/2003 - 14/04/2004

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    "Individual feedback to schools, using the ISUSS-results for Flanders." 01/09/2003 - 31/12/2003

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    The `International survey of Upper Secondary Schools' (ISUSS) is a survey in which 16 OECD-countries participated during the school year 2000-2001. The focus was on ISCED-level 3. In Flanders, this level refers to the second stage and first and second year of the third stage of secondary education. The intention is to produce international, educational indicators concerning the following themes: 1.School characteristics aimed at facilitating the transition to the labour market and/or further education; 2.Conditions of schooling that are instrumental in enhancing educational quality; 3.Human resources; and 4.Availability and use of ICT. Now that the international survey has been rounded off completely, and the first ISUSS-indicators are to be published in both `Education at a Glance 2003' and `Integration, Cooperation, Support. First results from the OECD Survey of Upper Secondary Schools', the ISUSS-database is open for own (national) analysis and use. In agreement with the Education department of the Flemish Community, it is decided that all school sites / schools that participated in ISUSS should receive 'as feedback- an individual report in which their own answers are situated against the total sample of Flemish school sites / schools. These reports will be generally clarified and individually distributed by the researchers during a workshop at the Education department (december, 12).

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    Development of indicators of social equality by opening up the database 'Panel Study of Belgian Households'. 01/04/2003 - 31/05/2004

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    The database of the Panel Study of Belgian Households contains representative figures in longitudinal perspective, from pre-primary education to higher education, and also a number of relevant variables at family level and individual level. Next to these variables a once-only separate module with questions concerning the school career and the choice of study has been included. The purpose of this extra module was gaining insight on the impact of social background on the study career on the one hand, and gathering a number of possible explanatory variables on the other hand. It seems from the further operationalization that a lot of relevant indicators can be developed that will give a sophisticated picture of the (f)actors of social inequality. First we will examine the relations between educational variables and variables of social inequality (f.e. between repeating classes and diploma of the father). In view of investigating how large the impact of the variables concerned is, we will use loglinear analyses. Finally we will construct continua of different socio-economic factors by using PRINCALS, and then make use of multivariate analyses.

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    Study careers of pupils in artistic secondary education 01/01/2003 - 31/05/2004

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    Considering the relative small amount of pupils in Flemish Artistic Secondary Education, this form of education only plays a minor role in the educational system. Due to this small scale the Artistic Secondary Education is often left out of consideration in Flemish educational research. However, the elaboration of the educational structure of artistic education requires a comprehensive understanding of 1. the educational career of the pupils concerned and of 2. their transfer to higher education or to the labour market. Such an understanding involves that the available data on Artistic Secondary Education should be related to other aspect of artistic education, such as art directed branches of study in technical and vocational education, artistic higher education and part-time artistic education. Based on a study of literature, analysis of existing databases, interviews with experts and an extensive survey this study aims at gathering these data. The main focus is therefore on the following topics: the intake, throughput and output of pupils in all art directed branches of study in secondary education , the in-, through- and output of artistic higher education, the criteria for admission to artistic higher education and the surplus value of engagement in part-time artistic secondary education before or while participating in full-time artistic secondary education as well.

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    An alternative view on assessment: in-service training for teachers. 01/12/2002 - 15/11/2003

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    The development of attainment targets has contributed towards a complex consideration about pupils' achievements. These attainment targets include besides knowledge and insight also topics concerning skills and attitudes. The nature of those goals influences the assessment methods. However, new assessment methodologies ' assessing skills and attitudes ' are not automatically implemented. That si why the Femish Minister of Education decided to order a research project (OBPWO ' project 99.11) aiming a.o. a search for alternative assessment methods sustaining teachers in their class pactice, assessing the attainment targets mentioned above. The in-service training emerges from this research project. Partly physically (provincial working sessions, concluding symposium), partly in a distance mode (print materials, e-platform sustained workbook) schools are suggested good practices in order to impelemnt alternative assessment methods.

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    The implementation of the decree on equal educational opportunities. Evaluation research on the self-evaluating and policy making capacities of schools and the provision of support. 01/09/2002 - 31/12/2004

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    The Flemish government launched a new policy on equal educational opportunities. This policy demands from schools that they become self-responsible concerning the schoolspecific policy on equity. This research wants to evaluate the ability of schools to design an adequate schoolspecific policy on equity and their ability to implement it. Moreover, this research tries to answer following research questions: what is the quality of the analysis of the starting situation? Are the strategies to reach the aims of the schoolspecific policy chosen and executed consistent with the analysis of the starting situation? What is the quality of the self-evaluation? Is their sufficient provision of in-service training and are there educational resources enough? In order to formulate an answer to these questions, the research will be both quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (casestudies).

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    Empowering the learning capacities of students and institutions through ICT. 01/05/2002 - 30/04/2004

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    This research work aims to create a framework for educational institutions that consider student centred learning as their main innovation target and focuses on e-learning. Within the framework concepts from educational psychology and innovation, knowledge management and general management will be integrated. It will be checked and optimised, according to insights gathered from case studies (universities and enterprises). The research results in an according scenario and checklists for implementing student-centred learning as an innovative educational policy (from the individual learner perspective, as well as the institutional perspective).

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    Environment-friendly technologies : a scientific quest. 19/04/2002 - 31/12/2003

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    Environment-friendly technologies are momentary becoming more and more important in view of sustainable development and in environmental policies. Creating opportunities for young people that provide an active way of getting to know these technologies can be a stimulus for young people to chose a scientific and/or technological field of study. This can be done by visiting such technology, by looking up back-ground information,... A goal of this project is the cooperation of pupils, teachers of different areas of study, companies and environmental associations. The preparation, execution and assimilation of those visits all take place under the supervision of the project co-worker.

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    Scientific evaluation of an experimental version of a self-evaluation instrument, for the day-care centres in the Flemish Region and Brussels that are approved of by Kind en Gezin (an official institution). 01/03/2002 - 28/02/2003

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    The goal of this research project is the scientific testing of an experimental version of a self-evaluation instrument for day-care centres. The self-evaluation instrument was developed by Kind en Gezin in consultation with the sector. The experimental version of the self-evaluation instrument will be tested on its validity and reliability to verify that this instrument can be used to determine whether a minimum quality of a day-care is achieved in those centres. Participating observation and in-depth interviews will be used as research methods.

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      Possibilities and boundaries of effective innovationstrategies for design and construction of open learning environments in Higher Education. 01/01/2002 - 31/12/2003

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      The project's aims are to investigate in which way the effectivity of implementationstrategies for setting up open learning environments in Higher Education can be pointed out by means of an educational design research.

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      Validation of the ILS-TSO & BSO (Learning Styles Inventory for Technical and Vocational Education). 01/09/2001 - 31/08/2003

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      Educational research shows that the use of learning styles is an appropriate means for study counseling of pupils. A learning styles inventory tries to capture the way pupils deal with study information. The mean question in this research is whether a Dutch Learning Style Inventory Instrument is a reliable and valid instrument for Flemish pupils in technical and vocational education.

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        Enhancing studentcentered educational practices. 01/06/2001 - 31/08/2003

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        This project (which will be called alja) aims to research an implementation of an educational innovation in the Department of Teacher Education of the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven. Action will be taken to enhance the student centeredness of the educational practices on the campuses. The research Group EduBROn (prof. dr. Peter Van Petegem) is expected to research in a first phase, the underlying theoretical foundations from the domain of self supported education, as well as to coach hands-on six partially (0,2 FTE) compensated KHL-lectors in creating applicable realisations in different aspects of their everyday didactical practice. The participating lectors will, in cooperation with the EduBROn-coaches, share their experiences and good practices with their colleagues within their own Department. In a second phase, research about the innovative strategy of the institution takes place. This research is carried out by means of learning styles research, teaching styles research, and research about opinions of learning environments and educational innovation.

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          BEQUAD : Benchmarking the quality of school education : enhancing the impact of indicators. 01/12/2000 - 31/12/2002

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          Given the current state of the art in the use of international education indicators and recent proposals from the European Commission to define and measure a set of core education indicators this study addresses several areas where it is felt that the impact of indicators could still be improved. The expected outcomes of the proposed study are as follows: (1) A description and analysis of the use of the current indicator systems (OECD and EURYDICE) and proposed core indicators (the recently proposed sixteen quality indicators by the European Commission) with respect to the various interpretations of educational quality. (2) A description of the current use of standards and benchmarking and the results of an empirical exploration of the feasibility of, absolute and 'criterion referenced' benchmarking vis a vis demands for 'contextualization: of standards and benchmarks. (3) A summary of the main approaches to synthesize and contextualize indicators in national reports and internal policy notes and a set of implications and suggestions to possibly integrate these in the basic publications. (4) An analytic report on the feasibility of feedback of indicators to lower levels of the system, including individual schools. (5) A synthesis of suggestions for modification and improvement of aspects of the currently functioning international indicator systems.

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            Implementation of methods to inforce EE in initial and in school teacher training. 02/11/2000 - 31/05/2001

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            An instrument for selfevaluation will be developed, tested and applied, allowing all participants within the initial teacher training to evaluate the evolution of the implementation of EE (Environmental Education) in their departement. With the results of this selfevaluation as a basis, the researchers together with the EE-workgroup of the teacher training departement will develop an adequate programme for implementation of EE on the campus. In school teacher training will also be provided for teacher trainers and other participants.

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              The improvement of open independent and flexible learning. 01/10/2000 - 30/09/2002

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              Aims: The development of an educational design experiment The implementation of open, independent and flexible learning within a Higher Education School context by means of hands-on-coaching of lecturers during the process of development and application of open learning materials

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                Evaluation study of a design, promoting self-responsible learning. 01/10/2000 - 30/09/2002

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                The intention of general secondary education in its finality is to prepare students for higher education. The question raises if the ability to learn 'which is necessary for a successful attendance in higher education- can be optimised by paying attention to the learning styles of pupils. Former research with regard to university and higher education (Van Petegem & De Maeyer, 1999; Vertenten & Ferguson-Hessler, 1998) has already proved that the concept of learning styles is an important instrument for coaching of students. For secondary education, there is a lack of research data regarding the way pupils assimilate information (learning styles) in relation to the promotion of the ability to learn. Since two years, a design is set up in a large school of general secondary education to stimulate the cognitive, meta-cognitive and affective abilities of pupils during their study career, and in their last year in specific (Vercammen, 2000).Via a flexible policy regarding assignments and tests, pupils in their last year are incited to self-steering and self-responsible determination of their learning activities. The pupils are coached in their transition from working independently, via learning independently to self-responsible learning. The design is based on an educational realisation of the process-oriented instruction (procesgestuurde instructie ' PGI), as developed by Vermunt (1992). The question raises if the design has any effect on the learning style profiles of the pupils. The Inventory Learning Styles (ILS) is a suitable instrument to evaluate the effectivity of designs which aim to bring about independent learning (STAR-centre, 1997). A pre- and post-test situation is created for pupils in their last year (experimental condition). To prove whether the learning process regarding learning styles and the flexible policy regarding assignments and tests contributes to a significant improvement of the learning style of pupils, a control group is required. To that end, an analogous design is set up in a secondary school with a comparable initial situation. Via matching of the experimental and control group, a quasi-experimental design is generated, through which alterations can be studied (Cook & Campbell, 1976). The hypothesis is that the interpretation of learning styles with pupils, en their experience regarding independent and self-responsible learning can generate a significant improvement of the in-depth processing, the self-steering, the construction of subject matter and the learning motivation. From this, we deduce the following research question: To what extent does a design that promotes self-responsible learning result in significantly positive changes in the learning style profile of pupils in their last year general secondary education, more specifically in the sphere of in-depth processing, self-steering, construction of subject matter and learning motivation? The results of this research are situated in the scientific, and the policy field. Besides responses on the research question, the scientific study also yields data regarding the validity of the ILS-Secondary Education, which can lead to a standard for Flanders. The results are relevant for policy, because they outline a nuanced picture of the empirical support of the attainment targets `learning to learn' of the 2nd and 3d stage of secondary education. Moreover, in the case of confirmation of the research hypothesis, the educational translation of the process-oriented instruction (procesgestuurde instructie ' PGI) can be implemented in other schools.

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                  The construction of the students data bank for both academic years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. 01/03/2000 - 30/10/2001

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                  Through the VLIR (Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad) the Flemish universities formulate joint propositions and advices for the policymakers concerning academical education and scientific research. A data bank of all the students in the Flemish universities is constructed as a foundation for certain proposals. The research group Edubron is responsible for the construcion of the students data bank for both academic years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. Edubron is also responsible for the yearly publication of the studentstatistics concerning the Flemish universities. Finally Edubron has to deliver studentstatistics to third parties in order to answer their specific questions and requests.

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                    Development of a senario for guided autonomous learning. 01/01/2000 - 31/10/2001

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                      Development of a senario for guided autonomous learning. 01/01/2000 - 31/10/2001

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                        Evaluation capacities of schools and the development of alternative evaluation methods. 01/12/1999 - 31/01/2002

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                        The implementation of attainment targets and developmental objectives created an important stimulus towards an alternative approach of pupils' performances. Besides cognitive goals much attention is paid to skills and attitudes. Logically, these shifts in educational goals should result in shifts in the assessment as well. The implementation of alternative assessment methods however appears to be difficult to realise. As such the government has an important role in stimulating the use of adapted assessment methods. Given these considerations this study has two main goals, namely making an inventory of the actual assessment methods in Flemish secondary schools and creating alternative assessment methods in order to support teachers in their daily practice. Particularly the second part of the study is conducted at the University of Antwerp. The first part is conducted at the K.U.Leuven and the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. Based on a study of literature a systematic description of some relevant alternative assessment methods is given (such as self-assessment, peer-assessment, portfolio and methods to assess cross-curricular goals). Subsequently some concrete assessment examples are developed and investigated concerning their relevance and utility by discussing them with 20 experienced teachers. Such a practice-oriented description aims at supporting teachers in order to expand their range of assessment methods. This results in a practical handbook `Alternative assessment methods for educational practices'.

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                          Recruitment of educational personnel. 15/10/1999 - 30/04/2000

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                          The study should deal with quantitative and qualitative aspects of recruitment of educational personnel, directed towards the realization of education for all and sustainable development. The study will include graphs, tables and references.

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                            "Learning Space" as a innovative platform for the development of a powerful learning environment; An evaluation study. 01/10/1999 - 30/09/2001

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                            There is a growing need for (and interest into) the practical application of multimedial learning environments to prepare the pupils for the modern knowledge society. `Learning Space' is a commercial tool developed for the creation of such a multimedial learning environment. Electronic courses are implemented in a virtual classroom. These courses are available through the internet. Such an environment makes it possible to support the learning-process on diverse levels of interactivity and corporation: information exchange about courses and evaluation-methods, feedback as regards content, making assignments in the `courseroom', teamwork in the virtual classroom. This brings up the interesting (research) question, whether `Learning Space' is competent to create a `powerful learning environment'. An evaluation-study will be carried out by and with the students of the academic teacher education. The focus of this evaluation-study will be the research-question as it is formulated above. Course-material will be developed with `Learning Space' as platform and the student will be guided through an innovative proces.

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                              Intergenerational social mobility, a research in the sociology of education. 01/01/1999 - 31/12/2000

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                              Educational policy is permanently concerned with eliminating social inequality. Research concerning intergenerational social mobility has the aim to bring into vision the movements of individuals in the system of social stratification. Based on empirical evidence one can conclude that the classical meritocratic thesis from the sociology on education is under pressure. Given the fact that new forms of social inequality arise, new information has to be gathered to understand the mechanisms which form the basis of social mobility and to have influence on these mechanisms. The concept of the risk-society (Beck 1986) is embedded in a theoretical frame of reference that has the power to capture these new forms of social inequality, typical for the movement from a industrial to a post-modern society. The aim of this research is the study (from this original frame of reference) of the influence from background characteristics of parents on the educational careers of their children. The data that will be used originate from the PSBH (Panel Study on Belgian Households, 1992-1997, 4439 Belgian Households). These data enable us to include new relevant background characteristics in the central research question.

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                                Learning Styles as determinants of success and failure for new entrance university students. 01/11/1998 - 31/10/2000

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                                The number of students that fail in their first year on the university is big (Hendrickx, 1998). Former research shows that a mixture of causes is responsible for these low percentages of students that succeed the first year. A possible predictor of succeeding is the way in which students process the material that has to be studied. But until now in Flanders no attention has been given to the research of this possible causal chain. Nevertheless research shows that a learning style correlates with educational results (Vermunt, 1992). Based upon a reliable and valid instrument (e.g. the 'Inventaris LeerStijlen', ILS) research can bring into vision the dominant learning style of a student. The central research question is the following: 'Are there any relations between the learning styles of students and their academic results (at the University of Antwerp)?'. The research population are all the generation students that are enrolled in the first year of RUCA & UFSIA during academic year 1998-1999.

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                                  Schools in search of their quality by means of self-evaluation 01/10/1998 - 31/12/1999

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                                  This in-service training course is an initiative of the Ministry of the Flemish Community, Department of Education, and is organized by the University of Antwerp, U.A./U.I.A. This initiative is meant for secondary schoolteams who, in view of their interest in quality control, would like to proceed in a selfevaluating review. To this goal the participants use an electronic questionnaire, IZES (Van Petegem 1997), dealing with most of the aspects provided by the process part of the CIPO-model (Scheerens 1990). The in-service training course consists of five double session days. After being given a theoretical framework the participants get a pratical initiation in the interpretation of the statistics of which the schoolreport will consist after the electronic questionnaire will have been filled in by one of more respondent groups within the entire schoolteam. At each participant's request, an individual follow-up session is organized, during which the project assistant annotates his verbal interpretation of the school report. Based upon possibly detected deficiencies the participants work out a short and intermediate term remediation, of which an account is given during the last project day that includes hints concerning the in-service training plan in their schools

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                                    Environmental analysis of the Center for Basic Education Antwerp. 01/10/1998 - 28/02/1999

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                                    Key people from a number of social relevant organisations situated near the Centre for Basic Education in Antwerp are interviewed on important questions on future development.

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                                      Schools in search of their quality by means of self-evaluation 01/09/1998 - 30/06/1999

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                                      This in-service training course is an initiative of the Ministry of the Flemish Community, Department of Education, and is organized by the University of Antwerp, U.A./U.I.A. This initiative is meant for secondary schoolteams who, in view of their interest in quality control, would like to proceed in a selfevaluating review. To this goal the participants use an electronic questionnaire, IZES (Van Petegem 1997), dealing with most of the aspects provided by the process part of the CIPO-model (Scheerens 1990). The in-service training course consists of five double session days. After being given a theoretical framework the participants get a pratical initiation in the interpretation of the statistics of which the schoolreport will consist after the electronic questionnaire will have been filled in by one of more respondent groups within the entire schoolteam. At each participant's request, an individual follow-up session is organized, during which the project assistant annotates his verbal interpretation of the school report. Based upon possibly detected deficiencies the participants work out a short and intermediate term remediation, of which an account is given during the last project day that includes hints concerning the in-service training plan in their schools.

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                                        Profile-determination of the students in the Art secondary schools in Flanders (Belgium). 01/03/1998 - 31/07/1998

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                                        The Flemish Education Council (Vl.O.R.) started a Round Table for the Art secondary schools to broaden the ideas and possibilities of Art education on the secondary level. This Round Table not only wants to spread information but would also like to start a dicussion about Art education. Therefor it is very important that the profile of the art-student is well known. This study wants to give information about how the student-flow through the Art secondary schools actually happens to make a profile. Relevant data was collected and analysed. The data involves the schoolcarrier of the Art-students: their former study-choice, the school-results of the year before they start their Art-classes, are they behind, when do they actually start their Art-studies, what do they do after finishing their Art-studies. This study involves all the Art-students in Flanders, for the last five schoolyears.

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                                          Self evaluation in secondary schools. 01/02/1998 - 31/07/1998

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                                          During this project IZES (dutch acronym for an Instrument for self evaluation of schools) is used in a case study. A survey feedback design is used to inform the school staff and to discuss the results.

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                                            School-functioning in Flanders in comparison with the other OECD-countries for the higher secundary education level (ISCED3). 01/01/1998 - 31/12/2003

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                                            The INES - Steeringgroup pronounced the need for a Schoolsurvey on the level of the 'higher secundary education' (ISCED3). As a reaction this research work takes place in the framework of Network C of the OECD. The major aim of this Network is opening the so called 'black box' between the educational inputs and the educational outputs. This project is the Flemish contribution to the 4th fase of the INES-project in the OECD.

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                                            Implementation of environmental education (EE) in Initial Teacher Training and inservice teacher training in vocational and technical education. 01/01/1998 - 31/12/1999

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                                            EE in education plays an important role to develop a positive, environment oriented behaviour of young people. 60% of the pupils in the second and the third grade of secondary education belong to BSO (Vocational Secondary Education) and TSO (technical Secondary Education). The special nature of these departments therefore requires a specific training program for teachers and their post educational training. The purpose of the project is to find methods and applications in order to introduce and implement EE for vocational and technical education in the departments of Initial and Inservice Teacher Training of the Flemish 'Hogescholen'.

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                                              Quality concern in the basic education centers. 01/01/1998 - 31/07/1998

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                                              The purpose of this project is to develop a framework for quality concern in the basic education centers. As an application of this framework, a checklist will be developed to allow the centers for basic education to evaluate themselves.

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                                                Quality improvement in education. 01/01/1996 - 31/03/1996

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                                                The responsability towards quality improvement of educational settings at different levels (primary, secondary and higher education) increases due to their growing autonomy. The development of a own school policy becomes therefore more important. This project offers an approach for school self evaluation (school based review) so that schools get a clear picture of their own functioning, which is a starting point for the development of a school policy plan.

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