3 December 2019

The Radboudumc Health Academy and the HAN receive a large research grant of 875.000 euro from the NRO (Nationaal Regieorgaan voor Onderwijsonderzoek) on developing flexible expertise.

Innovation and lifelong learning become essential parts of the professional habitus. These developments challenge universities to deliver adaptive bachelor/master programs to generate adaptive expertise and lifelong learning skills, and to let students getting acquainted with innovative professional practices. Work-based learning (eg internships) becomes a common feature of adaptive educational programs, eliciting new forms of professional development.

That is why Lia Fluit (associate professor and theme leader Research on Learning and Education, Radboudumc Health Academy) and Loek Nieuwenhuis (professor of Vocational Pedagogy at HAN) do research that focuses on workplace learning in relation to the development of adaptive expertise. What can we learn from different trajectories for professions such as engineers, healthcare professionals and professional educators? And how can we develop sustainable learning trajectories for future needs of the labor market? The central research question is therefore: "How can the development of flexible expertise during learning in the workplace be stimulated?"

For this a research grant of 875,000 euros from the NRO was awarded. Researchers with different backgrounds and from different settings will take a close look at different forms of workplace learning. How and why do programs at Universities for Applied Science and regular universities work? Fluit: We include training programs like, for example, dentists, doctors, engineers, teachers, nurses, oral care professionals, police officers, and therapists to share the educational models from their educational practice, and compare, improve and evaluate them. This is essential for designing flexible curricula that effectively prepare students for an increasingly complex and constantly innovative job market.

For more information about the research you can contact Lia Fluit.  
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