Groen onderwijs wordt geconfronteerd met bezuiniging van 55 miljoen op Groene+ middelen. De Groene+ is voor interessante innovatieprojecten. Vakblad Groen Onderwijs (www.groenonderwijs.nl) gaat hierop in. Belangrijke vragen voor dit jaar lijken mij. Waaruit blijkt overtuigend dat de Groene+ middelen effect hebben gehad op onderwijsinnovatie, goed gekwalificeerde uitstroom van het groene onderwijs, en doorwerken in het agri-foodsysteem en de groene ruimte.
Month: February 2013
Dear website visitors. Today I checked the number of website visitors and hits during the year 2012. I was a bit surprised. The total number of hits has been 242,346. I don’t know if it is much compared to other personal websites, but it is more than I expected. Thanks for visiting, I hope you find your visits useful.
Today I returned from the 20th conference of the Academy for Human Resource Development in Arlington, in the Washington DC area, in the USA. Having been active in the Academy during its early years, it was good to see many old colleagues and friends, and learn that the Academy is going strong. With its around 600 members and a conference attendence of I guess around 300 delegates, it is one of the main academic networks specifically dedicated to theory and research on HRD. I have not been attending the AHRD conference since 2000, and it was interesting to see that many young colleagues are now involved. Two PhD students of ECS, Hasse Cox and Eghe Osagie, shared their research and made good contacts with colleague researchers in their field of 1. HRD and sustainable development and 2. innovation and multi-level learning. The next AHRD conference: February 19-22, 2014, Houston, Texas.
Wageningen Graduate School for the Social Sciences has published an Open Call for excellent Master students who want to pursue a PhD in Social Sciences. Interested? Check the ECS website for current research and project descriptions at www.ecs.wur.nl; Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Piety Runhaar and colleagues Renate Wesselink of ECS of Wageningen University, together with Rob Poell (University of Tilburg), Marianne van Woerkom (University of Tilburg) and Audrey Janssen-Seezink (Fontys) got a grant awarded in the round Integrated research projects 2012-2013 of the Programme Council for Educational Research of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The title of the project is ‘Team learning in the context of educational innovations’. The grant of NWO implies that ECS will get two more PhD students and that the University of Tilburg and Fontys will also get one each. Fantastic. Congratulations to the team!
Today I had a good meeting with the Journal of Agricultural Education Online (JAE) Editor Barry Croom at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The JAE publishes research about agricultural education in hte high school, higher agricultural education and agricultural extension (adult education). We discussed the association that publishes the JAE, the American Association of Agricultural Education (AAAE). We agreed that the JAE and the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension are going to work together.
How to educate in a changing world? Towards competence-based tertiary agricultural education
Authors: Arjen Wals, Martin Mulder and Natalia Eernstmann, Education & Competence Studies, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands
Last week ECS received the Midterm Research Review Report of the International Advisory Board of the Wageningen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Staff of ECS was very pleased to read:
- The level of achievements in 2009 was assessed as very good, and since then the group has made remarkable progress in research.
- The group’s productivity has continued to be strong in all areas of action, and the earning capacity is good.
- To select competences as key interest and research target will guarantee the further development.
- Strategic and visionary planning, high developed communication and successful networking establish a combination to strengthen the group.
- The group has all the capacity to make the future they want, and to reach outstanding results.
We were expecting a very good review result since the global Citation Impact and the global Relative Impact of ECS publications fall in the top 2.5% of the population of competing groups in the social sciences worldwide. Nevertheless, it is rewarding to receive a positive Research Review Report like this.
On February 4 ECS staff convened to speak about education and research matters.
Continue reading Impressions of ECS education and research meeting 04 February 2013
The course on Competence-Based Curriculum Development in Nuffic project 126 in Kenya, which took place on January 30 and 31, 2013, was successfully implemented. Representatives of KARI, FPEAK, JKUAT and Africa React actively participated in the two-day programme. Trainers were Renate Wesselink, Hansje Eppink and myself. In total 10 participants received a certificate of successful completion. See pictures for an impression. Interested in a course on Competence-Based Curriculum Development? Constact us.