Misbah Zainun successfully defended his dissertation

On May 21, Zainun Misbah defended his dissertation ‘Teacher-Student Interaction in Competence-Based Vocational Education in Indonesia’. His statement was that the implementation of CBE necessitates a change in the relationship between teachers and students. He showed that this relationship is complicated.

Thanks Dr. Judith Gulikers for the daily supervision, Prof. Eveline Wuttke, Prof. Michael Gessler, Prof. Jan Vermunt, and Prof. Arnold Bregt for the assessment of the thesis and opposition during the defence, and Prof. Tiny van Boekel for chairing the defence as Deputy Rector Magnificus, and Eko Nugroho and Megawanti for serving as paranymphs.

Hans Moerbeek new Master of Education (MEd)

Hans Moerbeek successfully defended his Master thesis on promoting the principles of learning organizations within the Surveillance and Security Department of the Ministry of Defence (DBBO).  Using theories of the learning organisation Hans mapped measures introduced before and their effects on working processes and results. Subsequently a critical incident method was used to describe the learning processes which take place within work processes. Several barriers were found to really achieve an open learning mindset in this action-oriented organization. A selection was made of these barriers, and interventions which were going on were improved and the efficacy of these interventions for working processes and results was studied. Further research is necessary to further develop targeted interventions to collectively grow to an organization in which reflection on action is practiced in full. Congratulations to Hans, and thanks to Dr. Joachim Wetterling for the assessment of the thesis.

Myrthe Randsdorp new Master of Education (MEd)

Myrthe Randsdorp successfully defended her Master thesis on ownership in elementary education. Using theories of ownership, she distinguished various dimensions of learning processes that can be ‘owned’ by pupils. That is, they can regulate certain aspects of the learning process by themselves. Via a Delphi-study for establishing agreement on the practical meaning of ownership by pupils, and an quasi-experiment to show the efficacy of principles of promoting ownership, a positive effect could be shown. Further research needs to be conducted to show wether the results are sufficiently robust. Congratulations to Myrthe, and thanks to Dr. Joachim Wetterling for assessing the thesis.



Research on stimulating team performance published

Open access publication on stimulating team performance now has Volume, Issue, and Page numbers:

Bouwmans, M., P. Runhaar, R. Wesselink, & M. Mulder (2019). Stimulating teachers’ team performance through team-oriented HR practices: the roles of affective team commitment and information processing, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(5), 856-878, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1322626. Download from here: 2019 Bouwmans et al – Team Performance

Sustainability competence identification for developing countries

Research of Yared Demssie from Ethiopia on sustainaibility competence identification in developing countries is accepted for publication by the Journal of Cleaner Production. Once the manuscript is published online, the abstract will be posted here.

Full reference up to now: Demssie, Y., Wesselink, R., Biemans, H.J.A., & Mulder, M. (accepted February 25, 2019). Think outside the European box: Identifying sustainability competencies for a base of the pyramid context. Journal of Cleaner Production.