Opportunity for PhD grants – Deadline September 7th 2012

If you are an excellent MA or MSc graduate and interested in doing a PhD project in the chair group of Education and Competence Studies (www.ecs.wur.nl), go visit: http://www.wageningenuniversity.nl/UK/informationfor/PhD+programmes/Fellowships/

You are invited to propose projects for a WU sandwich PhD scholarship. The deadline for applications is September 7th, 2012.  Send proposals to martin.mulder@wur.nl

Recent Policy Developments in Green Education in the Netherlands published

The agri-food education system, also referred to as the green education system, in the Netherlands is often praised for its role in the success of the agri-food sector. For this reason, for colleagues interested in innovation in agri-food education, Hendrik Kupper, Ramona Laurentzen and I wrote a piece called ‘Recent Policy Developments in Green Education in the Netherlands’. It is published in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 121-139. Enjoy. Download the paper from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1389224X.2012.655966

The role of social partners in educational development

Traditionally there is a lot of attention for the involvement of stakeholders in educational development, especially when it comes to vocational and professional education and training. At the European level, this principle is also observed. To what is extent were social partners in the agri-sector  involved in all kinds or educational issues. Read about that in Mulder, M. (2006). EU-level competence development projects in agri-food-environment: the involvement of sectoral social partners. Journal of European Industrial Training, 30, 2, 80-99.

Practical paper published on Competence-based Education and Training

Many publications in the field of competence-based education and training are conceptual of nature. There is little practical work which is based on empirical research. Therefore I wrote a piece with an applied nature which is based on the research we have been doing at ECS. The full reference to the article is: Martin Mulder (2012). Competence-based Education and Training. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 305-314, June 2012. Link to the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2012.670048 As editor of the JAEE I hope to see more of these evidence-based practical pieces. Potential authors are invited to submit such work to the journal (angela.pachuau@wur.nl).

Article of Ester Alake-Tuenter et al on Inquiry-Based Science Education Competencies of Primary School Teachers published in the International Journal of Science Education

The article of Ester Alake-Tuenter, Harm J.A. Biemans, Hilde Tobi, Arjen E.J. Wals, Ida Oosterheert & Martin Mulder (2012): Inquiry-Based Science Education Competencies of Primary School Teachers: A literature study and critical review of the American National Science Education Standards is published in the International Journal of Science Education, DOI:10.1080/09500693.2012.669076