PhD candidates

At the Radboud Teachers Academy, PhD candidates conduct research on the connection between pre-university education (VWO) and the university. The projects are all part of the Radboud Teachers Academy's research program ‘Cultivating creativity in education’.

More urgently than before, creativity is considered one of the most important qualities for students to develop. Developments in our society and the world are calling for educational approaches in which students not only acquire knowledge and skills, but also learn to creatively apply these to discover, devise, and realize new possibilities.

An educational system directed at the cultivation of students creativity is likely to equip them better for the dynamics of modern society. We therefore investigate students’ learning from different perspectives and periods, especially in the transition between pre-university education and university.

Due to the multidisciplinary and educational nature of the research projects, PhD’s collaborate with various faculties at Radboud University, with secondary schools and with other institutes for higher education. The PhD students are all affiliated with the national research school (ICO).

Internal PhD's

Lieke JagerLieke Jager, MSc
How to improve teachers’ skills in adaptive teaching in pre-university education
This project studies how teacher in secondary education come to their adaptive instructional practices. Two perspectives regarding teacher’s differentiation practices will be used in this project.

Supervisors: Prof. Paulien Meijer, Prof. Toon Cillessen (FSW), Prof. Eddie Denessen (FSW)

1MG_7827Julia van Leeuwen, MSc
The innovative professional potential of beginning teachers: an ecological resources perspective

Supervisors: Prof. Paulien Meijer, Dr. Harmen Schaap

External PhD's

Recently graduated PhD's


Chris KooloosChris Kooloos, MSc
Variatio delectat: Exploring ways in which teachers can orchestrate classroom discourse about variation in solution methods
In this project we collaborate with teachers in a Teacher Design Team to investigate ways to orchestrate classroom discourse about variation in solution methods.

Supervisors: Prof. Gert Heckman (FNWI)Prof. Rainer Kaenders (Univ. Bonn)


Ellen van den BroekEllen van den Broek, MA
A Language Awareness approach to Dutch upper secondary foreign language education
This project focusses on a language awareness approach in the context of foreign language education. It will investigate how this approach contributes to the development of teachers’ and students’ language awareness and teachers’ classroom practice.

Supervisors: Prof. Paulien MeijerProf. Ans van Kemenade (FdL)Dr. Sharon Unsworth (FdL)Dr. Helma Oolbekkink


Petrie van der ZandenDr. Petrie van der Zanden
Students’ adaptation to university as a developmental process

In this study the role the secondary school plays in preparing students for university is investigated.

Supervisors: Prof. Paulien Meijer, Prof. Toon Cillessen (FSW), Prof. Eddie Denessen (FSW)