Research centres

Viaa wants to be of societal meaning as a centre of knowledge. To educate students to become motivated and innovative professionals, and to contribute to solutions for questions from the professional practice. Viaa, therefore, enjoys working together with and for professionals in healthcare, education, social work and pastoral care. Especially today when society becomes more and more complex, citizens and professionals require this kind of assistance.

The research within Viaa is carried out by three academies in cooperation with the working field that is related to the academy. Conducting research is a part of the study programmes, to develop students’ innovative attitude and skills. Within the lectorates at Viaa, teachers-researchers explore solutions to societal issues. The lectureships conduct their research in close cooperation with the working field that is related to the academy. Research projects are always practice-based: they seek to find answers to the questions that those concerned in the field are looking for. The research is carried out within the situation, followed by suitable recommendations for professionals in the workplace. Viaa also makes direct use of the results from research to further improve the content of the study programmes.

The three lectorates each work on issues in their own field and jointly on cross-domain issues.


Centre for Societal Issues

The Centre for Societal Issues conducts practice-oriented research in the field of care and welfare. And gives shape to the Social Domain Workshop for the Zwolle region.

Clients, but also family members, social professionals, volunteers, policymakers and teachers have to deal with this theme. Together with all those involved, we explore the practice, learn from experience and develop new working methods. In this way we contribute to a society in which everyone can participate.

The Centre for Societal Issues is part of Viaa’s Social Work and Theology academy. Through practice-based research, we bridge the gap between science, the field of work and education. From there, we develop new ways of working to optimally connect to social connections and informal networks. In addition, we acquire valuable knowledge to train students for daily practice.

Good Education Practices

When did you pass? When the test says so? Or if you can manage on your own in society? More and more schools are looking for a combination of these two. That is why the research group Good Education Practices researches the shaping of good educational practices in primary education. We translate the results to both professional practice and vocational training, so that you, as a teacher, can make the connection between content and person.

Traditionally, primary school children learn to read, write and do arithmetic. In eight years time, a strong foundation is laid for the future. The lectorate Good Education Practices strengthens this foundation with techniques and methods for personal development. Teachers discover who they are and what they can do together with the school team, the school management and parents to develop children’s talents. The aim is for children to make optimal use of their knowledge and skills and to develop as active citizens within our society.

Health Care & Spirituality

The lectorate Health Care & Spirituality investigates the inspiration of users and care providers.

People at the centre
Diseases can deeply and permanently affect people’s lives. It can mean that they have to find a new perspective in life or even bid it farewell. The confrontation with questions of life or meaning is then at issue and this influences the wellbeing of the caretaker.
Everyone experiences their illness differently and processes it in a personal way. Providing good care also means that caregivers pay attention to this. It is care in which the caretaker as a human being is at the centre.

Inspiration of the care providers
People-oriented care also touches the inspiration of care providers themselves. For an important part, they derive the motivation in their work from the personal attention they want to have for the caretaker. They not only pay attention to the illness, but also to the personal meaning the caretaker gives to it.This attention is not always self-evident. Personal and environmental factors can stand in the way. This can put pressure on the enthusiasm of the caregiver. Healthcare providers also experience embarrassment in dealing with life and meaning issues of users.These two perspectives of inspiration in healthcare form the central research theme of the lectorate. Together with partners from the professional and educational field, the research group aims to develop knowledge in this area of people-oriented care.