Teaching in 21st Century Classrooms

Vakbeschrijving Teaching in 21st Century Classrooms
Collegejaar: 2016-2017
Studiegidsnummer: 7600HCTEAY
  • Dr.ir. F.J.J.M. Janssen
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Nee
EC: 5
Niveau: 400
Periode: Semester 2, Blok III
  • Geen Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Geen Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Wel Honours Class

Admission requirements

This course is an Honours Class and therefore in principle only available to students of the Honours College. There are a few places available for regular students.


In this class students will learn about important ways to improve classroom teaching (like personalized learning, inquiry learning, value education et cetera), why despite their importance these educational innovations often lack classroom impact, and how this sorry state can be improved.

The European Union, the Dutch Ministry of Education (as reflected in the ‘Onderwijs2032’ initiative), universities, experts, they’re all talking about important educational innovations needed to prepare learners for the 21st century. In this class students will deepen their understanding of the complexities of teaching and learning and the even more complex process of educational reform, while examining the role of students, teachers, schools, teacher training programmes, and government.

The Dutch education landscape is already changing: the rise of ‘hybrid teachers’, who also practice their discipline in the field; the creation of the educational minor, which qualifies Bachelor students (of specific programmes) to teach the first three years of secondary education; and programmes such as Eerst de Klas and the Onderwijstraineeship, focusing on excellent students wanting to become teachers.

This Honours Class stimulates excellent students to think about these developments and their consequences, and provides participants with an opportunity to visit a school, to study the process of implementing a particular educational reform and to formulate recommendations to improve the process.

Course objectives

  • Students are able to conceptualize and compare important 21th century educational reforms;
  • Students are able to argue from a practicality perspective why these educational reforms often lack classroom impact;
  • Students can use the methodology for constructing practical models that guide teachers’ reasoning and acting;
  • Students are able to conduct a case study on how to make a selected educational innovation practical for teachers;
  • Students can raise critical issues concerning foundations, theory, methodology and applications of both educational reforms and practicality theory.


Wednesdays 1, 8, 15 February, 8, 22, 29 March, 19 April;
15-17 hrs.


ICLON, Willem van Einthovengebouw, A203


This class consists of 7 meetings (including workshops and guest lectures) and a case study on educational reform you conduct in small groups. For the case study you will visit a school and study in detail the implementation of one particular educational reform.

  • Meeting 1 (February 1, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
    Advances in research on teaching and learning and related recent educational change proposals. And information about the school visit

  • Meeting 2 (February 8, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
    Why do many educational reforms lack classroom impact? A primer on practicality studies

  • Meeting 3 (February 15, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
    How to improve the classroom impact of educational reforms including ways to study the process of educational reform. And check of your plan for a case study.

  • Between meeting 3 and 7 you will conduct your own case study (in groups)

  • Meeting 4 (March 8, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
    Case studies in how to make innovations practical in order to improve classroom impact

  • Meeting 5 (March 22, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
    Participants (in groups) present their preliminary findings of their own case study

  • Meeting 6: (March 29, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203)
    Bounded rationality as foundation for understanding and changing teaching practice

  • Meeting 7: (April 19, 15-17 hrs, ICLON room A203).
    The participants present their own case study

Course Load

This course is worth 5 EC, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

  • Workshops: 14 hours
  • Case study: 80 hours
  • Literature reading: 26 hours
  • Case study report: 20 hours

Assessment method

  • 20% Participation assessed continually through participation in seminars and structured activities
  • 80% Case study report of 4000-6000 words (small groups 3-5 students).

Blackboard and uSis

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard site one week prior to the start of the course.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for the Honours Classes. Your registration will be done centrally.

Reading list

The readings will be available on Blackboard.


Enrolling in this course is possible from Monday November 7th until Sunday November 20th through the Honours Academy, via this link


Dr.Ir. Fred Janssen