"Maastricht University belongs to the top PhD programs in the world with high internationally recognized standards".
Jeroen van Merriënboer, Research Director
Educational research is essential for finding new and better ways to educate doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals. The general aim of all SHE research, including the PhD programme, is to provide support for research and innovation in health professions education.
SHE’s research programme concentrates on two main research themes: Learning and Innovative Learning Environments and Assessment and Evaluation. These themes are closely aligned with educational development within the medicine and health sciences curricula.
The first theme is concerned with learning environments that challenge learners to become active and self-directed learners. Projects in this theme examine the principles, effects and organization of various learning methods, including:
- problem-based learning (PBL)
- experiential learning
- work-based learning
- competency-based learning
- team-based learning
Studies within this theme typically focus on how to:
- design and develop authentic learning environments in diverse contexts
- find an appropriate balance between formal and informal learning
- stimulate students to use knowledge about basic principles and mechanisms in real practice
- transfer learning from the educational institute into practice
- adapt learning environments to internationalization developments
- design new ICT tools and technologies that contribute to effective collaborative learning
- increase student motivation in learning environments
- improve student learning through international collaboration
Studies within this theme not only focus on the role of the student, but also on the role of the teacher, coach or supervisor as a facilitator of student learning, and the role of the programme designer or manager as a creator and facilitator of learning environments.
The second theme focuses on innovative assessment approaches, such as:
- student portfolios
- teaching portfolios
- recognition of acquired competencies
- qualitative assessment strategies
- design principles in programmatic assessment approaches
The focus is not exclusively on student and teacher assessment, but also on the evaluation of education and quality assurance in diverse contexts.
Topics of research include design and validation of instruments and assessment programmes for evaluating teacher performance, as well as the design, implementation and testing of quality assurance systems.
Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer, PhD, Research Director
Anique de Bruin, PhD, Coordinator PhD programme
Ongoing SHE dissertations PhD projects
PhD dissertations completed in 2015
PhD dissertations completed in 2014
PhD dissertations completed in 2013
PhD dissertations completed in 2012
PhD dissertations completed in 2011