Een portretfoto van Marloes Hülsken en Harm kaal in het Erasmusgebouw
Een portretfoto van Marloes Hülsken en Harm kaal in het Erasmusgebouw

Does where you were born determine your place in society?

TLC voucher project
Project type


The gap between the underprivileged and privileged starts at the cradle, according to researchers, and seems to only be widening in the Netherlands. The way education is designed in our country reinforces this. What role could teachers play in closing that gap?

The social duty of closing the gap in the inequality of opportunity contains an important task for teachers. At the moment, teachers in training are interested in the topic of inequality of opportunity, but do not yet master the knowledge or skills required to start a substantial discussion with students or within a school. Gaining and sharing an understanding of the issue and the mechanisms behind it is key in this.

Desired solution

That is why Marloes Hülsken and Harm Kaal have students of the educational master's programme Human & Social Sciences work together with pupils to gain insight into the mechanisms behinds and perceptions of opportunity inequality. This is done through oral history, a method which makes history education more inclusive for pupils.

Action plan

Students of the educational master's programme Human & Social Sciences at Radboud University and students of the second-degree programme History at the HAN University of Applied Sciences are going to teach their internship pupils according to the oral history method (interviews about the past). Upper secondary pupils will then start interviewing local residents under the guidance of students with the guiding question: 'where was your cradle located? - To what extent have your origins and life history determined your opportunities and position in society?'


This project is funded by a TLC voucher from the Radboud Teaching and Learning Centre. This voucher programme aims to set up projects in the field of educational innovation, lecturer development and educational research.

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Contact information

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