Research and projects

Research
  1. Life Story Central 21 March 2016

    In 2016, at the request of the North-West Veluwe Care Group (Harderwijk) and Viattence (Heerde), the Professorship of Theology and Philosophy (professor: Dr André Mulder) is running a project called Life Story Central. The project involves practice-focused research into innovations intended to support dementia care by nursing home care practitioners and their managers.
    Read More
  2. Professionalizing the activities of volunteers working in walk-in support centres 18 March 2015

    Research project (complete) - Marchien Timmerman's research clarifies the perplexities and challenges involved in the work of volunteers in walk-in support centres. What questions do volunteers have about their roles, for example? What forms of support are desirable, e.g. for the quality of the services they provide to clients and local residents?
    Read More
  3. Profiling of ritual coaches: individuality, value and authenticity 01 April 2014

    Research project (closed) - When they hear the phrase 'ritual coach', many people are unsure what is meant. They don't understand what a ritual coach is or what such a person does. The Professorship of Theology and Philosophy worked therefore with the National Professional Association of Ritual coaches (LBvR) on a study, with a view to building up a profile of the ritual coach.
    Read More
  4. Hermeneutical communication in hospital spiritual care 01 September 2013

    Research project (ongoing) - In a philosophically and religiously pluriform society, the spiritual carer's role involves talking to patients about their circumstances and feelings. The spiritual carer seeks to make meaningful links between what a person is going through and their beliefs. That is referred to as hermeneutical communication and the ability to engage in such communication as hermeneutical competency.
    Read More
  5. Purpose in youth care 01 July 2013

    Research project (complete) - A report on research into ascribing meaning in the context of residential youth care and family care/foster care. The research focuses on acquiring new knowledge, expressing a clear vision and developing practical resources for and with professionals, which they can use in their daily activities to communicate carefully with young people about meaning.
    Read More
  6. Philosophy and ritual coaching 01 September 2012

    Research project (ongoing) - Social demand for ritual coaches is increasing. Graduates with various academic backgrounds are going into business providing ritual services linked to birth, marriage and death. Unlike church ministers or imams, ritual coaches do not belong to religious organizations. The aim of this research project is to develop a profile of the ritual coach.
    Read More
  7. Rituals in cooperative schools 01 March 2012

    Research project (ongoing) - How do cooperative schools explain the philosophical dimension of their identities and how is that dimension organised and how does it find expression in philosophical education and in rituals at such schools (the products of mergers between state schools and faith schools)? That question is being examined by Erik Renkema for his doctoral study project.
    Read More