Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Pedagogy Congress: Towards an inclusive society


On 29 and 30 March 2019, the second edition of the international Pedagogy Congress will take place. This year's key theme is 'Towards an inclusive society'. This event is organised by the cooperating partners of the Masters Education/Pedagogy of the Netherlands and is open to PhD students, academics, practitioners, social workers, and pedagogy and education students.

Internationally, there is a movement towards a more inclusive society. In education, we see that several nations strive for an inclusive system. Furthermore, welfare services have shifted from institutions towards communities and home care. In research, we aim to include our respondents as a co-researcher, and professionals are more and more in the lead. During this congress we will explore all of these developments through practice and science starting with work visits in social work and education, keynotes from Michelle Fine and Aminata Cairo, and different parallel sessions which connect the congress themes. The congress is held on 29 and 30 March 2019 in Amsterdam. More information about the congress themes, work visits, keynotes and parallel sessions can be found below.

29 March 2019

This first day of the congress offers the opportunity to visit institutions in practice, both in Social Work and Education. As part of a pedagogical leisure activity, a tour through Amsterdam will be organised and you will have the opportunity to close the day with drinks.

Time Activity
10.00 - 12.00 Work visits
12.00 - 14.00 Break
14.00 - 16.00 Touristic activity
16.00 - 18.00 Drinks at Brewery De Prael

Responsive education

Education is permanently challenged by changes in the environment, such as the introduction and widely spread use of mobile technology and social media, the growing influence of extremist or populist thinking or the rapidly growing flexibilisation and globalisation of labour markets. Teachers, schools and the educational systems as a whole are expected to adapt to the fast pace of these changes. In this process schools and other educational organisations need to maintain a balance between the environmental forces and their own vision, ambitious organisational factors, educators and their stakeholders, as they are all part of the changing environment. Schools which succeed in maintaining this balance by actively participating in their environment, can be seen as responsive schools (Goodlad, 1975). From this perspective we seek contributions which discuss

  • the challenges teachers, schools and the educational system have to cope with;
  • the way schools try to maintain the balance between adapting to external needs and focusing on their own vision and ambition;
  • to what extent and in which way the actors and the educational system as a whole do succeed in actively responding to those external challenges.

Participatory research

Since a decade or more, universities of applied sciences are looking for their own position in the field of research and knowledge production. They have found their niche in focusing on practice-based research. However, when defining the characteristics of this research, the academic tradition remains dominant. There is a risk of too much focus on a dominantly academic orientation on research that will reward academic rigour and disregard practice-based rigour. Universities of applied sciences should address this issue in order to develop their own research framework and paradigm to deviate from the traditional academic approach on research.

Discourses concerning research paradigms, epistemology of practice-based research, the interaction between theory and practice, the discourse on evidence-informed and evidence-based, the role of the researcher in relation to subjectivity and everyday experiences should be enclosed in a professional conference of Pedagogics. From this point of view we call for contributions which have a strong focus on

  • research as an act of cooperation between researchers and their subjects of examination;
  • research as an act of co-creating new practices together with field-practitioners;
  • research as a means to give voice to and value practical knowledge.

Beyond empowerment

Empowerment has long been the theoretical concept behind most social work interventions. It is a complex multi-level concept which is used in several domains, amongst them in Social Work and Education. The literature is unclear on the elements it contains and how they influence each other. Even though the concept is not clarified, it has served as the political legitimation of cutbacks in the field of social work. Empowerment seems to have turned into a euphemism for pulling back professional care and support and replacing it by informal care and relief from laymen. These developments force pedagogy to further clarify the concept of empowerment and use it as a starting point to provide professionals with tools to empower themselves and create a profession which sticks to the emancipatory ambitions of its own without adopting the empty rhetoric of policymakers.

From this perspective we call for contributions which shed new light on

  • what a contemporary empowering emancipatory practice in social work looks like;
  • how cooperation between clients, laymen and professionals can overcome apparent contradictions;
  • which professional standards apply to this new emancipatory practice.

Professionals in the lead

After decades of a growing emphasis on institutional cooperation, merging and managing professionals, the tide seems to be turning. There is a new interest in the role of independent collaborating professionals. No longer are the vision and direction located within the hierarchical structure of organisations. There is a growing awareness that competences and a moral compass need to decide on what is right and wrong in the social arena, and how issues should be addressed to serve service users. Professionals are supposed to take the lead in this moral debate about the profession and the subsequent reform of practice. This not only opens new perspectives for professionals to exercise their personal agency, but it also entrusts them with a considerable responsibility. It also calls for professional governance: professionals who are aware of this responsibility, are willing to account for their actions and use professional standards as a starting point. It also means that, if necessary, professionals dare to deviate from these standards. This conference theme aims to discuss these issues. For that reason we call for contributions which focus on

  • professional standards and how they are produced and maintained by the profession;
  • the way professionals individually and collaboratively keep their competencies up-to-date;
  • the way professionals account for their actions towards their clients, other stakeholders and a broader audience.

Registration for work visits can be done while registering for the congress.

Kleinlab Childcare Amsterdam
Category Child care
Congress themes Responsive education; participatory research; professionals in the lead
Participants 10
Time 10.00 - 12.00
Address Beitelkade 15
1021 KG Amsterdam
Website https://www.kleinlab.nl/KLEINLAB/home.html

Kleinlab is a small child care organisation (children aged 0-12) in North-Amsterdam. Suzanne Huis founded Kleinlab when her own children started going to childcare and she deeply believed it was possible to approach childcare differently: from an educational philosophy. Kleinlab is a very warm, stylish green oasis in the industrial area of Amsterdam where children can truly experience creativity, inquiry and where most pedagogues have a background in the creative/artistic sector. The Kleinlab vision was inspired by founding educational thinkers like Malaguzi and Solther and the Kleinlab educational professionals are regularly trained in the practice of its philosophy. The Kleinlab play areas and rooms are very carefully designed to be inviting and to stimulate the children to play, learn and create. Always keeping the viewpoint of the children in mind.

This interactive and creative field visit includes a tour and talk by the founder (the tour will be in Dutch but translation is possible), some creative play and a group discussion around a topic connected to the themes.

Zuiderlicht College Amsterdam
Category Highschool education
Congress theme Responsive education
Participants 15
Time 10.00 - 12.00
Address Karel du Jardinstraat 54
1073 TC Amsterdam
Website http://www.zuiderlicht.org

The Zuiderlicht College consists of two small establishments: the junior classes and senior classes. Talent development, respect and equal opportunities are central to education at the Zuiderlicht College. Since 2017 the students of de junior classes are working in personalised learning. Students can: step up, accelerate, deepen and even take additional courses. From the 2018-2019 school year onwards, the “personalised learning counter” will be put into operation for individual issues. Students will be able to make use of working hours by choice.

The Zuiderlicht College not only teaches in the classroom, but students also discover their talent by participating in dance classes, the master art class, Top-score sport and various other activities in the field of sport, art and culture. During their entire school career students are supported by their mentor and they talk about talent development. This is also in the interest of careful profile selection and preparation for further education. Talent development is not only central among the students, but also among the team. Since 2010 the Zuiderlicht College has been part of the school De Dam. New talented teachers from the school are trained by experienced teachers to create a link between theory and practice.

This work visit includes a tour and talk about personalised learning within the VMBO - view on talent: the development of personalised learning, leading change, researching and guaranteeing personalised learning.

Spirit! youth care Amsterdam
Category Youth care
Congress themes Beyond empowerment; responsive education
Participants 12
Time 10.00 - 12.00
Address Lodewijk van Deysselstraat 4
1064 HN Amsterdam
Website https://www.spirit.nl/hulpoverzicht/back-on-track

Spirit! – Resocialisations and coaching, Back on Track (R&B)

Spirit! is one of the organisations within Amsterdam and surrounding municipalities that helps children and their parents when they find themselves in trouble regarding parenting, going to school, staying out of trouble with the law and many other challenges.

One of the programmes that Spirit! provides is “Resocialisatie en Begeleiding, Back on Track” (R&B), a programme for boys (delinquents) aged 13-18 who are kicked out of school because of behavioral problems. This is a ten-week programme where the boys take very diverse classes for four days a week from 10.00 till 19.00, and learn how to apply for a job and behave during a job interview, how to behave when angry or feeling aggressive, take cooking classes, but also language courses in Dutch and English. The goal is to explore what motivates them, and learn how to behave even though things are not going their way. The teachers are qualified in teaching ‘social’ classes or academic courses. From Monday till Thursday the teachers cook dinner with the boys and eat together. During the day the boys are being coached. The goal is for the boys to go back to school after they complete the ten weeks. During the first period of school they stay in contact with the mentors and still visit R&B until dinner. So when they transition from R&B to a new school, they are still being mentored. When both the client and the mentor agree that the client has enough skills to make it on their own, the programme will end.

Detention centre JC Zaanstad
Category Detention centre
Congress theme Beyond empowerment
Participants 12
Time 10.00 - 12.00
Address Smeet 1
1551 NG Zaanstad
Website http://www.stichtingzuiverekoffie.nl

Detention centre – Zuivere Koffie - ‘A new career path for detainees’

Detention centre JC Zaanstad started a collaboration with coffee brewery ‘Zuivere Koffie’, a reference with a wink to an old Dutch saying, very applicable to the company and its goal: you can say something isn’t quite right by saying it is not ‘zuivere koffie’ (literally translated: pure coffee). The founder of the company is an ex-detainee himself and set on giving people a second chance and career change.

Zuivere Koffie started a branch of their company inside the detention centre. Detainees of JC Zaanstad learn the art of coffee roasting and brewing. They also participate in packing and shipping of the coffee. Eventually they can even learn how to set up their own business or start working in one of the affiliated coffee companies after their release. If they will not start working in the coffee business, they will still have learnt very different skills they can use in different fields of work. Only the most motivated detainees are selected for this programme and when they succeed, they will have a much better chance of a successful return to society. Other detention centres are interested in collaborating with Zuivere Koffie, which indicates success.

30 March 2019

The second day of the congress focuses on practice-based and practice-oriented research. Guided by keynote speakers we will plenarily kick off the congress.

Time Activity
08.45 - 09.30 Walk-in and registration
09.30 - 10.00 Welcome
10.00 - 10.45 Keynote - Michelle Fine - Critcal Participatory Action Research in "Revolting" Times
10.45 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.30

Parallel session 1 (click here for more information)

Theme sessions:

a. Examples of practitioners research
b. Towards empowerment and emancipation in youth care
c. Approaches on Social Inclusion and welfare
d. Innovative practices in higher education
e. Empowering girls and young women
f. Practices in school development

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.45

Parallel session 2 (click here for more information)

Theme sessions:

a. Towards inclusion in higher education
b. Inservice teachers development
c. Children's needs in education and youth care
d. Social leaving and empowerment through education
e. Systematic approaches for complex problems

14.45 - 15.15 Break
15.15 - 16.30

Parallel session 3 (click here for more information)

Workshop sessions:

a. Social Inclusion, Education and Urban Policy for Young Children
b. Heads Together: Co-designing the participation of youth with mental health issues
c. How can Teacher Leadership be Strengthened and what is the Role of Teacher Training?
d. Customised Teaching in the making
e. How Families and Professionals hold a Transcultural Space for Diversity and Empowerment in Collective Learning Communities

Poster theme sessions:

f. Challenges in Youth Care
g. Students and Teachers for Future Education

16.30 - 17.30

Keynote - Aminata Cairo - Traversing the Earthquake: Helping Our People to Reassemble the Pieces

Using theoretical approaches of the Blues Aesthetic and Holy Hip Hop, Aminta Cairo takes the audience on a journey exploring the concept of fissures, disruption, and reconfiguration as an approach to creating inclusive environments.


18.00 Dinner: Restaurant A Beautiful Mess in the 'Bijlmer Bajes' (former prison in Amsterdam)

Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and founding co-director of The Public Science. She works in a project at the Graduate with a research collective of academics, educators, activists and community members dedicated to participatory action research rooted in social movements, designed to generate progressive policy, feed organising campaigns, challenge academic notions of expertise, knowledge production and justice, and designed to provoke.

Michelle Fine recently published JUST research: Widening the Methodological Imagination in Contentious Times and authored the preface to the 2018 reprint of Maxine Greene’s Dialectic of Freedom. Author or co-author of more than 15 books and over 100 articles, she has been fortunate to sit and research alongside young people for 30 years, chronicling the wounds of dispossession and also their embodied and collective forms of resistance, willful subjectivities and radical wit – with school push outs, Muslim American youth, New Jersey students researching the racial/class/disability impact of high stakes testing, the impact of college on women in prison (and then out), the children of women and men in prison, the consequences of restorative justice in schools and beyond, the struggles and gifts of foster youth at CUNY, young women with disabilities navigating academia and activism, and most recently we have been collaborating with an intergenerational research team comprised, primarily, of LGBTQ youth of color on a project called What’s Your Issue?. In terms of policy work, the project with the most greatest reach may be “Changing Minds: The Impact of College in Prison on Women in a Maximum Security Facility” with Maria Elena Torre, Kathy Boudin, Iris Bowen, Judith Clark, Donna Hylton, Migdalia Martinez, Missy, Rosemarie Roberts, Melissa Rivera, Pam Smart and Debora Upegui - which is nationally recognised as the primary empirical basis for the contemporary college in prison movement, and among the primary empirical justifications for Governor Cuomo’s recent policy commitment to resuscitate college in prison. And then sometimes I am lucky enough to work with brilliant lawyers like Paul Trachtenberg in the Englewood Cliffs/Englewood integration lawsuit, and serve as an expert witness in gender, sexuality and race discrimination education cases, e.g. for the high school aged women who sued for access to Central High School in Philadelphia and then the Citadel Military Academy in South Carolina, and in Williams v. California, a class action lawsuit for urban youth of colour denied adequate education in California.

Michelle’s work won several awards for her work, such as: the 2018 STAATS Award from the American Psychological Foundation for Lifetime Achievements in Science; the 2017 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Qualitative Methods from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association; the 2013 Strickland-Daniels Mentoring Award from the Division of Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association, 2013 American Psychological Association Public Policy Research Award, the 2012 Henry Murray Award from the Social Psychology and Personality Society, 2011 Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Aminata Cairo

Aminata Cairo is the Lector of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Born and raised in Amsterdam and of Surinamese origin, she has completed her academic career in America since she was 18 years old. She obtained master's degrees in Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology and obtained her PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Kentucky. As an international woman of African descent, she personally experienced the challenges of diversity and inclusion. She finds her passion in applied anthropology with students and communities and is driven to make the academic environment and the wider society more inclusive. She has received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for her social contribution. In 2016 she was decorated by the government of Suriname with the Honorary Order of the Palm for her contribution to culture in Surinam.

Call for abstracts (CLOSED)

Share your ideas of a planned or ongoing research project, your intervention method developed through research, your research findings, or take the chance to discuss about research with us and other practitioners (-researchers) during the parallel sessions! The parallel sessions are based on four themes with the following titles: Responsive Education, Participatory Research, Beyond Empowerment and Professionals in the Lead. More information about the themes can be found below.

One can submit an abstract for an oral presentation, a poster, a workshop or a roundtable. The call for abstracts for the parallel sessions is open until 1 January 2019. More information about the guidelines and procedure can be found below.

Abstract submission

You can submit your abstracts from 1 September 2018 until 1 January 2019 by sending an email to abstracts-pedagogy-congress@hva.nl.

Submission guidelines

The review board will judge your abstract on the following criteria:

  • It is relevant and an actual issue in pedagogy;
  • It matches the current state of debate in practice based pedagogical research;
  • It clearly fits into the conference theme;
  • It makes clear in what way the audience will be invited to engage in the discussion suited to the chosen presentation format (see the following).

Presentation and submission formats

Present and Discussion (25 minutes)

Present and Discussion session allows presenters to present their research and findings in an in-depth manner. These presentations are individually submitted and already have data and results to present. Preferably, presenters have a paper about their research available for the audience. Where possible, presentations with similar topics will be merged in one session. For Present and Discussion the maximum amount of words is 800. We recommend the following format:

  • Abstract (max. 200 words) – meant to attract the attention of potential audience
  • Relevance of the research for practice (max. 150 words)
  • Method (max. 150 words)
  • Results and conclusion (max. 200 words)
  • Questions for the audience (max. 100 words)

Poster sessions

A poster communicates the main ideas, objectives, planned methods, results and conclusions of a planned or ongoing research project, depending on the phase of development of the project. The participants can walk around, ask questions or start an in-depth discussion with the presenters. For the poster session the maximum amount of words is 600. We recommend the following format:

  • Abstract (max. 200 words) - meant to attract the attention of potential audience
  • Relevance of the research for practice (max. 150 words)
  • Phase of development (50 words)
  • Results and conclusion, if applicable (max. 200 words)

Workshop (60 minutes)

In a workshop, presenters can demonstrate a tool that has been developed through research, show a new teaching or intervention method that results in a research and development project or illustrate collaborative inquiry strategies used in research. Learning-by-doing, hands-on experience, and engaging in in-depth active learning are crucial in a workshop. For the workshop the maximum amount of words is 850. We recommend the following format:

  • Abstract (max. 200 words) - meant to attract the attention of potential audience
  • Relevance of research and development project (max. 150 words)
  • Short description of the tool of methodology (max. 150 words)
  • Theoretical background (max. 200 words)
  • Set-up of the workshop (max. 150 words)

Round table (25-30 minutes)

A roundtable session offers the chance to discuss with other practitioners (-researchers) about the dilemmas or findings which might be difficult to justify of a starting or on-going project. Or the results of, experiences during or future directions of a finished research project. For the round table session the maximum amount of words is 650. We recommend the following format:

  • Abstract (max. 200 words) - meant to attract the attention of potential audience
  • Relevance of the research and/or the research and development project (max. 150 words)
  • Theoretical background (max. 200 words)
  • Issues to discuss with the audience (max. 100 words)

Submission and review procedure

Dates Activity
1 January 2019 Closing of call
December - January Review process: depending on the number of submissions. For now, we are planning to do the review process by a committee of reviewers.
1 February 2019 Presenters will be informed about the result of the review process.
15 February 2019 Planning of presentation in the conference schedule
1 March 2019 Publication of the extended conference programme


The costs for participation include admission to the sessions, daily lunches and refreshments as indicated in the programme and congress material.

Regular tickets (for two days, costs for drinks/dinner are not included) Deadline: 1 March 2019
Students € 55
Alumni € 85
Other participants € 195

Additional fees (optional)
Drinks (Friday) € 15
Congress dinner (Saturday) € 50
Work visits € 20


Saturday 30 March is the closing dinner at the restaurant ‘A Beautiful Mess’. This pop-up restaurant is located in the former notorious prison of Amsterdam, the ‘Bijlmer Bajes’. Nowadays, the buildings of the prison are being used for different pop-up activities and even as an asylum centre for refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

A Beautiful Mess wants to help as many people as possible by offering work experience and a network. Refugees are being coached and trained by the team of this restaurant. And with success: last year 30 of the 60 trainees already found a job or further education within one year. Chefs from Irak, Jemen, Syria and Eritrea will serve us delicious fusion shared-dining dishes. Come wine and dine with us! Registration for the restaurant can be done while registratering for the congress.

Want to know more about A Beautifull Mess? Take a look at their website: https://www.abeautifulmess.nl/restaurant .


If you would like to stay in Amsterdam for the weekend, you can get a discount at the Volkshotel and Hotelschool The Hague / Skotel Amsterdam. You can make a reservation by telephone or email by mentioning your participation in the congress. Please note that the number of available rooms is limited.

Wibautstraat 150
1091 GR Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 261 2100
Email: hello@volkshotel.nl

Hotelschool The Hague / Skotel Amsterdam (discount available until 14 February)
Jan Evertsenstraat 171
1057 BW Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)88 028 1820
Email: skotelAM@hotelschool.nl

  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • HAN University of Applied Sciences
  • HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Inholland University of Applied Sciences
  • NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Contact us

In case you have any further questions, please contact us via conference@uva.nl or +31 (0)20 525 4791.

Gepubliceerd door  Faculteit Onderwijs en Opvoeding 26 maart 2019


Startdatum 29 mrt 2019
Einddatum 30 mrt 2019


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