Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Diversity in Education

blended course
when 27 June 2021 - 2 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 350

This interdisciplinary, week-long course is meant for anyone – students, teachers, policy makers – with an interest in diversity in education. Our focus is on cultural and linguistic diversity in education, both in theory and as an empirical reality, and both in formal and informal education.

Throughout lectures, roundtables, presentations and workshops, an international roster of speakers from a variety of fields (such as sociolinguistics, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies) will share their research and insights.

This summer school is inspired by and aims at joining ongoing debates on social cohesion, justice and democratic governance, both in academia and society at large. We aim to establish a dialogue between the academic study of diversity in education, and the daily reality of educators and policy makers who need to manage the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity of today’s schools, universities and other educational settings.

The summer school will offer participants advanced tools for understanding and implementing change in education, combining academic and policy expertise. To accomplishing these goals, experts of different disciplines and fields will work with participants to deepen their knowledge on topics such as:

- Conceptualising diversity in education: theoretical approaches and recent empirical studies.
- Educational policy development: how to write and assess policies for diversity and inclusion.
- Intercultural communication in education: avoiding dissonances in multicultural settings.

The final day will consist of the symposium “Diversity in Education in Times of Crisis”, where a number of speakers will discuss how diversity management in education has been challenged by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, and other recent crises – and solutions that have been found for these challenges.

Course leader

Dr. Matt Coler, Campus Fryslân
Dr. Flávio Eiró, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
Dr. Maria Mazzoli, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
Dr. Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

Target group

MA, PhD, Post-docs, Practitioners

Course aim

The summer school will consist of lectures, workshops, a roundtable and a symposium. There are also several sessions where participants can present their own work.

After this course you will be able to:

- Assess current debates about the diversity in education
- Evaluate policies for diversity management in education
- Appraise recent research on diversity in education
- Argue for the relevance and feasibility of research projects on diversity in education in a way that testifies of informed critical thinking

Credits info

Preparatory reading: 44 hours
Contact hours: 40 hours
Assignment (optional): 56 hours

During the summer school, participants are offered the opportunity to give a twenty-minute presentation on their own research related to diversity in education (optional). They will receive feedback on their presentation from speakers and peers. The presentation will be acknowledged on the Certificate of Attendance.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the summer school offers a Certificate of Attendance. For participants who want to earn academic credit with the summer school, an additional assignment (including a reading list) will be provided. After successfully completing the assignment, they will receive their Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 140 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 350: Fees on campus: € 350
€ 250 for partners
€ 200 for University of Groningen students
Fees exclude accommodation, and include lunches, coffee, one dinner, and excursions.
EUR 125: Fees online € 125
€ 100 for partners
€ 100 for University of Groningen students



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