The professionalization research line was initiated in 2016 as an experimental partnership between the Innovation of Social Work research group and the Institute for Social Work, from the joint wish to contribute to the further strengthening of social work within a variety of collaborations between practical research, vocational education and professional practice. The two main researchers for this research line are Ed de Jonge and Raymond Kloppenburg. Below is a concise overview of the most important activities and results achieved by this research line.

Practical research: international

Practical research: nationwide

Practical research: HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

  • Active factors of learning networks in the field of social studies. In the field of social studies, experience is gained within various areas through learning networks. Characteristic for this form of learning is the cross-border cooperation of representatives from three domains: professional practice, education and research. The aim of the learning networks is to promote professionalism, innovation and knowledge development. Up to now, however, little research has been published showing whether these goals are actually achieved, nor what the active factors might be the for this to be achieved. In partnership with several KSI research groups, evaluations research is being conducted, based on the Theory of Change approach. Raymond Kloppenburg is the project leader and Ed de Jonge is the project assistant.

Educational innovation: international

  • Global cooperation. Raymond Kloppenburg has been a board member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) on behalf of the Netherlands since 2017.
  • European cooperation. Raymond Kloppenburg has been a board member of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) on behalf of the Netherlands since 2014.

Educational innovation: nationwide

  • National training document for social work. Raymond Kloppenburg was part of the project group.
  • Knowledge base for social work training. Raymond Kloppenburg was the project leader and Ed de Jonge the project officer of this research project. Project formed the basis for various publications:
  1. Jonge, E. de, Kloppenburg, R. & Bommel, M. van (2016). Kennisbasis sociaal werk: Een wetenschappelijke kennisbasis voor sociaal werkopleidingen. Vakblad Sociaal Werk, 1(6), 19-21.
  2. Bommel, M. van, Doorn, L. van, Jonge, E. de & Kloppenburg, R. (2017). Kennis in sociaal werk: de basis, de toepassing en de ontwikkeling. In: M. Spierts, A. Sprinkhuizen, M. Scholte, M. Hoijtink, E. de Jonge & L. van Doorn (ed.), De brede basis van het sociaal werk: Grondslagen, methoden en praktijken (pp. 79-98). Bussum: Coutinho.
  3. Jonge, E. de, Bommel, M. van & Kloppenburg, R. (2018). Zicht op sociale complexiteit: Over het belang van wetenschappelijke perspectieven in sociaal werk. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 27(4), 29-47. 
  4. Kloppenburg, R., Bommel, M. van, & Jonge, E. de (in press) (2018). Developing common ground for a sustainable knowledge base for social work education in the Netherlands. Social Work Education.
  5. Textbook for social work. Ed de Jonge was a member of the editorial team, as was professor Lia van Doorn. Ed de Jonge also wrote the final chapter, as well as, together with Lia van Doorn and Raymond Kloppenburg, among others, a chapter on the knowledge base of social work.
  6. Spierts, M., Sprinkhuizen, A., Scholte, M., Hoijtink, M., Jonge, E. de & Doorn, L. van (ed.) (2017). De brede basis van het sociaal werk: Grondslagen, methoden en praktijken. Bussum: Coutinho.

Educational innovation: HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

  • Bachelor’s in Social Work. Raymond Kloppenburg and Ed de Jonge contributed to the reshaping of the programme, including being members of the programme team. Raymond Kloppenburg is a member of the curriculum committee.
  • Master’s in Community Development. Ed de Jonge was secretary of the application for the macro-efficiency test, for the assessment of the new programme, and also developed the professionalisation module. Raymond Kloppenburg was also involved in the development of the Master’s programme.
  • Bachelor’s in Innovation in Urban Society. Ed de Jonge, as co-author of the application for the assessment of the new programme, was involved, among other things, in the design of this new training for professionals, who work in a trans-disciplinary manner on system transformations at the urban level.

Practical innovation: nationwide

  • Value thinking for social work. In a number of practically-oriented publications, Ed de Jonge encouraged the further strengthening of the ethical foundations of social work. Jonge, E. de (2016). De vierde dimensie: Het belang van collectieve professionaliteit en collectieve professionalisering. Vakblad Sociaal Werk, 1(6), 5-8. Jonge, E. de (2017). Sterk sociaal werk: Professionalisering in vier dimensies. Vakblad Sociaal Werk, 2(4), 8-10. Jonge, E. de (2018). Sociale kwaliteit: Lisbeth Verharen benoemt ankerpunt voor sociaal werk. Vakblad Sociaal Werk, 3(1), 8-10.
  • Recovery coach qualification profile. Together with two employees from Lister, Ed de Jonge wrote a qualification profile for recovery coaches. Jonge, E. de , cooperation with Apeldoorn, A. & Poppema, Y. (2017). Kwalificatieprofiel Herstelcoach: Samen werken aan herstel. Internal publication for Lister.