Introduction to the contributions of the Symposium "Practice Research in Discussion: a pause for reflection"

C. van Dijkum, W. Reijmerink, A. Wagemakers

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In 2011, the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (HvA), the Dutch Organization of Methodology in the Social sciences (NOSMO), and the Alumni Circle Adult Education of Amsterdam University (ACA) organized a symposium about practice-oriented research. An onset to this symposium was that institutions of higher education, besides universities, had to embed research in their program of education. As an introduction, the minister of education pleaded for research that was more useful for the practice of professional institutions. Being aware that such a plea was not made for the first time, researchers participating in the symposium presented how they are working on more practice-oriented research. In 2014, a peer-reviewed book was published by Boom/Lemma1 containing articles describing the results of the presentations. As a follow-up of the symposium, a series of 5 working conferences were organized by the HvA, the NOSMO, the ACA, and ZonMw (The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development) where researchers presented and discussed case studies of practice oriented research. Three organizers of the working conferences, Wendy Reijmerink (ZonMw), Annemarie Wagemakers (NOSMO, Wageningen University), and Cor van Dijkum (ACA, NOSMO) took the initiative to stimulate those researchers to write articles for this peer reviewed journal. In agreement with the chief editor of the journal, they acted as guest editors. A number of authors responded on the invitation and a period of peer reviewing and rewriting of the submitted articles started. As a result, a first issue of the journal is dedicated to articles that are all products of the working conferences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-30
JournalMethodological Review of Applied Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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