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Research-Based Learning: Case Studies from Maastricht University

  • Ellen Bastiaens
  • Jonathan van Tilburg
  • Jeroen van Merriënboer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jonathan van Tilburg, Jeroen van Merriënboer, Ellen Bastiaens
      Pages 23-33
    3. Ellen Bastiaens, Jeroen van Merriënboer, Jonathan van Tilburg
      Pages 35-41
  3. RBL at Maastricht University – Case Studies

  4. Evaluation, Reflection & Lessons Learned

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Ellen Bastiaens, Jimmie Leppink, Jeroen van Merriënboer
      Pages 175-183
    3. Ellen Bastiaens, Jeroen van Merriënboer, Jonathan van Tilburg
      Pages 185-199
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 201-218

About this book


This book describes lessons learned from the implementation of research based learning at Maastricht University. Well-known for its problem based learning (PBL) educational model, Maastricht University implemented research-based learning (RBL) as a new educational concept in addition to PBL, around 2009. The model has taken the shape of an excellence programme offering third-year bachelor students an opportunity to conduct academic research together with academic staff. The introduction of the research-based learning concept into the programmes of all Maastricht University’s faculties has resulted in a range of RBL models that vary to fit the various disciplines and programmes offered by the faculties. The book first presents theoretical models and a description of the concepts of research-based learning and undergraduate research (UGR). Next, by means of case studies, it describes the formulas developed to suit the various programmes, the challenges encountered, the initial reservations on the part of the staff, the limitations caused by regulations and demands of the curricula, as well as the successes and results of the excellence programme. The disciplines described in the case studies include psychology and neuroscience, knowledge engineering, social and cultural sciences, law, and business and economics.



research-based learning undergraduate research problem-based learning excellence programmes educational model Maastricht University RBL PBL UGR RBL in Psychology RBL in Economy RBL in Law RBL in Social Sciences RBL in Knowledge Engineering RBL in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Ellen Bastiaens
    • 1
  • Jonathan van Tilburg
    • 2
  • Jeroen van Merriënboer
    • 3
  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Research-Based Learning: Case Studies from Maastricht University
  • Editors Ellen Bastiaens
    Jonathan van Tilburg
    Jeroen van Merriënboer
  • Series Title Professional Learning and Development in Schools and Higher Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Professional.Learning,Dev.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-50991-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84540-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-50993-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 218
  • Number of Illustrations 21 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Research Methods in Education
    Study and Learning Skills
    Learning & Instruction
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“Research-Based Learning: Case Studies from Maastricht University, edited by Ellen Bastiaens, Jonathan van Tilburg, and Jeroen van Merriënboer, introduces the university’s honors program in research-based learning (RBL) … . This volume provides an invaluable introduction for educators and administrators interested in the implementation of institutional, departmental, and faculty-led RBL initiatives. The book also includes an appendix that lists many of the students’ publications and other special achievements.” (Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, Vol. 1 (1), 2017)