Zwolle, April 2023 – Windesheim University of Applied sciences is proud to announce the launch of the world’s first Master on Experiential Expertise, starting in September 2023.

The master Experiential Expertise is meant for professionals who wish to take their experiential expertise a step further. During two years, students can discover how to sustainably implement experiential knowledge within organizations, how to creatively work on practice issues and how to manage a destigmatisation project. Students’ own experiences with disruption and recovery form the basis from which they work. With this master, experiential expertise is exported to other sectors besides care and welfare. The chosen research design is Participative Action Research (PAR), making it possible to learn, research and develop knowledge at the same time. This happens interprofessionally, together with fellow students from different domains. There is plenty of room for critical reflections and philosophical en theoretical questions concerning experiential knowledge.

The master revolves around three core tasks, with an emphasis on the second and third:

  1. Supporting individual recovery processes
  2. Organizing working processes which support recovery
  3. Promoting emancipation, preventing stigma and creating societal opportunities

Students learn how to shape, manage and renew these core tasks in complex circumstances, while weighing practical, theoretical and ethical dilemma’s against each other. Three interlinked parts of the master entail:

  • Knowledge and leading concepts: studying literature, watching knowledge clips and following classes
  • Personal-professional development: coaching each other – with and without supervision – in small groups in processing new perspectives on experiential expertise
  • Participative action research: learning how to work with PAR in one’s own practice

The master is meant for students with a minimal of three years work experience in a person-focused profession (care and welfare, education, management, economics and law, or sports), who have a bachelor’s degree. It is also important that students have experience with disruption and recovery and have a certificate proving their experiential expertise.

By Rosalie Metze, University of applied science Windesheim


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