This Learning Unit gives an insight into the debates, assets, and challenges of education in a metropolitan city. In addition, students are introduced to the philosophy of education in relation
to daily class practice and reflect on their own professional identity and cooperation skills. Interdisciplinary student teams collaborate with urban schools (and possibly other stakeholders,
in function of the self-chosen research topic) to analyse and/or develop solutions for urban educational challenges related to topics such as educational organization (Who organizes
education?), school-community partnerships (The school as an island or as a network?), school infrastructure (Schools of/for the 21st century.), inclusive education (Pupils in boxes? A mosaic of diversity)... By means of collaborative inquiry all steps of the research cycle are followed to analyse a specific situation (and in some cases suggest solutions for specific challenges).

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How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Karen Triquet (karen.triquet@vub.be).

Learning Community Members

Lead: Joost Vaesen (VUB). Email: Joost.Vaesen@vub.be

Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Multidisciplinary Institute for Teacher Education (MILO) Culture & Society
Joost VAESEN (° 1979) is an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (Brussels, Belgium). He teaches “Global City-Region Brussels. Language, Policy & Identity”, “Urban Education” and several courses on subject didactics in the field of culture and society within the Educational master's program. Joost VAESEN obtained his PhD in History (2008) on the topic of the Governance of Brussels (1970-2004). Between 2012 and 2019 he was director of the new established Brussels Studies Institute (2012-2019), a Brussels-based interuniversity knowledge platform currently federating over 400 researchers.

Lead: Els Consuegra ​​(VUB). Email: Els.Consuegra@vub.be

Tenure track professor and vice-chairman at the Multidisciplinary Institute of Teacher Education (MILO)
Els Consuegra (°1988) holds a PhD in Educational Sciences (2015) and is a tenure track professor at the Multidisciplinary Institute of Teacher Education (MILO) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Her research addresses teachers’ initial and continued professional development with a focus on equity and diversity issues. Consuegra is the vice-chairman the Multidisciplinary Institute of Teacher Education (MILO) and chairman of the Inclusive Education Commission of the VUB.

Lead: Inge Bogaert ​​​​​​​​​(VUB). Email: Inge.Bogaert@vub.be

Dr. Inge Bogaert
Teaching Assistant Learning Unit EUTOPIA Urban Education
Teaching Assistant Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Multidisciplinary Institute for Teacher Education (MILO)
Chair WG Internationalisation MILO

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