Science Education Research

Research on Science Education at SEC Delft is organized around various themes and in various projects. In its research projects, Science Education also uses the Design Based Research approach. Please click the items below to learn more about these research themes and projects.


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Primary education research projects

  • Changing attitudes towards of concepts of science and technology in primary teacher professionalisation
    Johan de Wilde, Ellen Sjoer en Marc de Vries

Secondary education research projects

  • Modelling in mathematics education
    Jeroen Spandaw
  • Dealing with formulas
    Süleyman Tursucu
  • The use of Interactive Whiteboards in secondary science and technology education
    Freek Pols
  • High School Engineering Education
    Umit Koycu
  • Towards a philosophy for technology education
    John Dakers

Collaborative projects

  • Assessing and understanding the impact of education in life sciences
    Anne-Lotte Masson, MSc. In collaboration with the Section Biotechnology & Society, Dept. of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology.

Bètasteunpunt Zuid-Holland

Bètasteunpunt Zuid-Holland is een netwerk van voortgezet onderwijsinstellingen en vier hoger onderwijsinstellingen in Zuid-Holland. Samen werken we aan de professionalisering van bètadocenten, vakvernieuwing en aan de verbetering van de aansluiting vo-ho. Het nascholingsprogramma ‘Delft voor Docenten’  van de TU Delft is in het Bètasteunpunt opgenomen.


Ieder kind wil de wereld om zich heen ontdekken en begrijpen, dat is nu precies wat wetenschappers ook elke dag doen. Universiteit Leiden, TU Delft en Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam hebben hun krachten gebundeld in het Wetenschapsknooppunt Zuid-Holland. Hier wordt de wereld van kinderen en wetenschappers aan elkaar verbonden via activiteiten waarbij onderzoekend en ontwerpend leren centraal staan.

ENGAGE Project (H2020)

The ENGAGE project is part of the EU Science in society agenda to promote more Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). ENGAGE is about equipping the next generation to participate in scientific issues to change how science is taught. Traditionally students gain an image of science as a body of content, whereas RRI deals with uncertain areas of knowledge, where values and argument matter as much as facts. This shift is hugely challenging. ENGAGE focuses on a more inquiry-based methodology, which gives students  opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions.

The ENGAGE professional learning and curriculum development approach goes beyond training events. Its three-stage path will propel teachers in their own inquiry to become expert with RRI: 

  • Adopt,  combines exciting learning materials, online community and online courses and workshops for coaching and feedback.
  • Adapt, offers expert’s toolkit of examples, explanations, anecdotes and activities to help students learn effectively.
  • Transform, provides  open-ended Projects put teachers and students into partnership with practising scientists, to learn about RRI directly.

You can visit the Engage website, register, login and download all the materials and teacher guides. For more info, contact dr. Dury Bayram Jacobs or read the brochure

Primary education research projects

Secondary education research projects

Teacher education research projects


Science Education & Communication (SEC)