The aim of the research master’s programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines.
Graduates are able to design, conduct and evaluate applied scientific research, and in doing this can make the link between (clinical) practice and science.
The programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is designed in such a way that it can explicitly serve as preparatory training for a PhD position. The programme also offers the opportunity to specialise in the field of social work and youth care, which meets society’s need for academics who are trained in evidence based clinical assessment and treatment for children and families with psychological problems
The research master is a small scale programme, with an average of fifteen students each year. This guarantees intensive interaction between students and staff.
At the beginning of the programme, you are allocated a supervisor – one of the professors – and a day-to-day mentor. While writing your thesis, you make a contribution to one of our research programmes, working closely with your supervisor and mentor within that research. This gives you the opportunity to both observe how the work is done and to ‘learn by doing’. You also receive immediate and intensive feedback on your research performance and academic progress.
The research master’s students have a room of their own: the Rommert Casimir Studio, equipped with PC workstations. This room is used intensively, not only for working individually on assignments, but also for working together with other students and engaging in discussions.
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is the location of the Ambulatorium, which offers families assistance with all kinds of problems relating to parenting and child development. Research master’s students who do their research internship in the Ambulatorium can, if they wish, obtain the NVO Registratie Basis-Orthopedagoog and the NVO Registratie Basisaantekening Diagnostiek and also conduct research in clinical practice.
“In situations with cultural tensions, education is put to the test.”
“Both everyday child rearing and learning, as well as research into these practices become particularly exciting and challenging when we encounter problems. It is then that our knowledge about normal upbringing and learning are put to the test, and that we are forced
to explore solutions.
My research focuses on the education of immigrant children. All kinds of knowledge and rules which work well for Dutch children may not be effective for children from other cultures. Moreover, working in multicultural settings can be extra demanding because of intergroup tensions and efforts to accentuate cultural differences. If success is to be assured, support is needed, also from research. Together with my students, I try to see what problems educators and
children are faced with in multicultural settings. An example is the ‘Talent Centre’, a joint venture between my research group and a large multicultural secondary school in The Hague. We support the school and parents to develop students’ talents.
We also stimulate our own students to acquire intercultural competencies. An important challenge in this respect is the opportunity to carry out research abroad. Educational Sciences in Leiden is a study which has an excellent international reputation, rooted in a high quality research programme and a stimulating research environment.”