Do you want to disentangle and understand the complex interaction of development, education, and learning? Are you curious about how processes in educational contexts relate to the cognitive and social development of children, youth, and adults? The Master’s program in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction invites you to tackle these topics and more.
Education can sometimes be dull and ineffective. We can change that through recognizing and developing the concept that we never learn alone. We always learn by interacting with someone or something, such as:
- People who are more knowledgeable than us (teachers or more advanced fellow students)
- People who are equally knowledgeable as us (peers or in teams)
- Artifacts (the environment around us, books, computers, etc.)
If you’re interested in learning about and carrying out high-quality research into these interactions, you can make a real difference in learning, teaching, and instruction.
Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction is recognized as a high-quality program and has been awarded several high ratings by different ranking-organizations in the Netherlands. The renowned Keuzegids Masters 2018 labeled Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction as a Top Rated Program, meaning this Master's scored exceptionally high across judging categories.
This program is offered by the Department of Education and Pedagogy, which is part of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The program is based in the research priority area of Education and Learning, which is embedded in local, national, and international research networks.
The presence of students from multiple countries provides you with opportunities to explore issues in education and learning within a broader international perspective. In addition, researchers and scholars from abroad are invited for guest lectures and research seminars. We encourage all students to participate in international research seminars or to complete an internship abroad.
This multidisciplinary two-year program allows you to synthesize insights from education, psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics. Our lecturers represent different disciplinary backgrounds, such as developmental psychology, educational sciences, experimental psychology, human movement science, linguistics, pedagogy, natural sciences, and sociology. This broad range of perspectives will help you develop a comprehensive outlook on issues in educational sciences.
As a graduate of this Master's program, you’ll be a well-qualified practitioner in educational and learning sciences. You’ll have a thorough knowledge of current developmental, learning, and teaching theories as well as the neurobiological basis of education and learning. In addition, you’ll have the tools and expertise to conduct high-quality research in education. The program prepares you equally well for a career as a Ph.D. candidate or as an applied researcher outside academia.
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