FEBS Education Platform

FEBS–HDBMB joint workshop: Research on Education

You want to test your teaching performances. You are thinking of making evidence-based changes in the education of your students. Or you simply want to find out how to properly research education. If so, you are on the right page! Join us and find out how to perform proper research on education! Educational research is the application of the scientific methods to study educational practices.

Educational research uses an organized approach to asking and answering questions and reporting the results. Thus, educational research is as systematic as scientific research. The goal is to evaluate, develop, share and improve teaching/educational practice for students, academics, and policy makers.

There are key aspects to be considered when conducting an educational research. This workshop will focus on designing an educational research, identifying a research question, reviewing the literature, and choosing appropriate research methods to collect, analyse and interpret the data.

4–5 October 2022 - Zagreb, Croatia

This workshop is jointly organised by FEBS Education Committee and Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HDBMB)


Open until 29 September 2022. The workshop is limited to 25 participants; places will be granted according to reception of payment.

The registration fee is 30 €. Registration will cover all the workshop related materials. Registration form.


Aim and outcome:

This workshop will describe the process for effectively conducting educational research. At the end of this workshop, the participants should be able to specify a problem within their area of interest in education/teaching, select the methods needed to address a research question, and collect and analyse data, either quantitative and qualitative.

Target participants:

Educators of all levels (from teaching assistants to full professors) who are willing to improve their teaching through asking questions and collecting data are invited. No previous educational research experience is required.

Lecturers and tutors:


Workshop's website with full information.


1st day

14:30-15:00 Registration  
15:00-15:05 Opening and Welcome addresses Ferhan Sağın & Damjan Franjević
15:05-15:20 The importance of research in education. Ferhan Sağın
15:20-15:50 Scholarship of teaching and learning: Right steps to set up a research plan. Marco A. Carvalho Filho
15:50-16:20 Understanding the context, analyzing the teaching activities and defining the researchable teaching question. Luciane V. de Mello
16:20-16:50 Quantitative research methods. Manuel J. Costa
16:50-17:10 Qualitative research methods. Marco A. Carvalho Filho
17:10-17:30 ···(coffee break)···  
17:30-18:30 Practical 1: Brainstorming, discussing the research topic, defining the theme. Small groups (facilitators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa)
18:30-19:00 Feedback from the groups . Moderators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa

2nd day

9:00-9:30 Developing a plan, combining teaching activity and data collection and analysis, and disseminating the results. Luciane V. de Mello / Marco A. Carvalho Filho
9:30-11:15 Practical 2: Developing the research project, designing the study, selecting appropriate methodology. Small groups (facilitators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa, Sağın)
11:15-11:30 ···(coffee break)···  
11:30-12:00 Check point - short group discussion. Moderators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa, Sağın
12:00-13:00 Practical 3: Finalizing the project design. Small groups (facilitators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa, Sağın)
13:00-14:30 ···(lunch)···  
14:30-15:10 Practical 4: Finalizing the project design. Small groups (facilitators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa, Sağın)
15:10-15:15 Getting ready for the presentations.  
15:15-16:15 Presentation of projects (Part 1) - 10 minute presentations of Groups 1 , 2 & 3 and feedback. Small groups (facilitators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa, Sağın)
16:15-16:30 ···(coffee break)··  
16:30-17:30 Presentation of projects (Part 2) - 10 minute presentations of Groups 4, 5 & 6 and feedback . Small groups (facilitators: Mello, Carvalho Filho, Costa, Sağın)
17:30-18:00 Feedback, General Discussion and Closing Moderators: Ferhan Sağın & Nino Sinčić