DIversity SCreening EducatiOn (DISCO): evidence-based, user-friendly and automated feedback for schools and cities.

01 October 2022 → 30 September 2023
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Inclusive and special education
    • Education, culture and society not elsewhere classified
    • Teacher training
student diversity coaching teacher competences inclusive education
Project description

The Centre for Diversity & Learning (CDL) is a unique research unit at UGent that combines research, instrument development and training for practitioners. Our mission is to consistently translate our research insights into tools and coaching that empowers practitioners in creating inclusive education. Inclusive education refers to education systems that provide quality education for all students. Recently we validated DISCO, a survey instrument that maps the diversity competencies of teachers. Various municipalities have already successfully started working with DISCO in collaboration with SDL, whereby school teams fill out DISCO via an accessible website, receive a feedback report and participate in coaching sessions. Based on these experiences, we want to use the Social Valorization (MV) fund to 1) optimize the feedback report with evidence-based didactical suggestions, user-friendly explanations and visualizations 2) develop a new feedback format with a pre-post design so DISCO can be used as a monitoring tool, and 3) automate the analysis and creation of feedback reports.