The curriculum of the master programme in Educational Sciences in Rotterdam is characterised by a unique learning method which has proven to be very successful. In this educational system, students have an active role and they are to a large degree responsible for their own learning process.
Students work in small groups, meeting once per week to analyse academic and societal problems. Since the emphasis is on self-study and elaborating on the subject material, lectures have a particular function, different from what is common elsewhere. The lectures do not focus on knowledge transfer but rather on learning how to critically discuss theories that students have studied as a preparation for the class. In addition, the aim of the lectures is to enable a thorough understanding of the subjects.
This way of working contributes significantly to students’ ability to collect and interpret relevant information. Graduates of the master track Educational Sciences and their future colleagues and employers will directly benefit from such skills.
Tutorial groups (once per week) are supported by lectures (once per week) and skills training (once per week). Each module ends with a knowledge test (a paper or an essay exam) and a skills test.