Sophie Tiggelman new Master of Education (MEd)

On April 23, Sophie Tiggelman successfully defended her Master thesis. The defence took place online, the new normal now. The research Sophie conducted was about the results of the implementation of formative assessment on motivation for learning mathematics in secondary special needs education. The focus was on the introduction of rubrics and feedback legends. The study was done with over 40 students. The results showed positive effects. Congratulations Sophie Tiggelman, and thank you very much Dr Joachim Wetterling for the assessment of the thesis. Continue reading Sophie Tiggelman new Master of Education (MEd)

Including University-Society Role in Competence Frameworks of University Lecturers

Research of Dr Carla Oonk on the role of university lecturers as collaborative knowledge brokers between regional actors and students in higher education in the regions where they are working and studying, has now been published online by Higher Education. See:

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1st issue of Volume 5 of The Journal of Competency-Based Education published

Dear website visitor,

In my previous post I was saying that I would refrain from further actions in the new LinkedIn network Competence Studies because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, since the situation has aggravated, we can say this seemed to prudent.

It seems that the disruptive pandemic will take much longer than we may have expected. It also pushes us even further in the direction of online communication, if we like it or not.

In the midst of the current circumstances, I am glad to share we are now with 60 members in the network Competence Studies. It is very rewarding to know that quite a few top scholars in the field have accepted the invitation to join. Thanks a lot! Later I will shortly introduce members to the network, so that all of us know who we are.

At this moment I would like to share that I came across The Journal of Competency-Based Education, which is published by Western Governors University and Wiley. The first issue of the journal was published in April 2016 and the journal is currently in Volume 5; Issue 5(1) is published in February 2020. Maybe I am the last one to learn about the existence of the journal, maybe not. I have not yet looked at its indexing yet, so I can’t say anything about the impact of the journal. But it seems to be worthwhile to explore it.

Interested in joining the Competence Studies Network? Create an account on LinkedIn if you don’t have one, and search for the network Competence Studies, and apply to become a member (for free). Alternatively: send me an email at Thanks.

Wishing you all good health,

LinkedIn group Competence Studies

Colleagues, since COVID-19 is declared a pandemic, I am refraining from further actions in our LinkedIn group Competence Studies, although competence is part of the battle against further proliferation of the virus in two ways. Competencies of authorities are in play, as well as competencies of professionals and the public. Hopefully, with concerted measures the pandemic gets contained soon. Wishing you all good health!

Research on argumentation competence and knowledge acquisition published

The article of Anahuac Valero Haro and colleagues is now published online, open access in the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. The full reference now is: Valero Haro, A., Noroozi, O., Biemans, H.J.A., & Mulder, M. (2020). Argumentation Competence: Students’ Argumentation Knowledge, Behavior and Attitude and their Relationships with Domain-Specific Knowledge Acquisition. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/10720537.2020.173499.

Prof. Barbara Stalder takes over role in Editorial Board of IJRVET

After 6 years of start-up and early consolidation, I resigned from the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, IJRVET (, to make place for my esteemed Swiss colleague Prof. Barbara Stalder ( IJRVET is a spin-off of the Vocational Education and Training Network ( of the European Educational Research Association (, successfully initiated and realised by the excellent previous VETNET convenor, Prof. Michael Gessler ( Barbara now acts as co-convenor of the network. I wish Barbara and the Editorial Team lots of further success!

Argumentation competence and domain-specific knowledge development

A study of Anahuac Valero Haro and colleagues Omid Noroozi and Harm Biemans on fostering argumentation competence in online higher education is accepted for publication by the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. The focus of the study is on argumentation knowledge, behavior and attitudes, and the relationships of these with domain-specific knowledge acquisition. The background of the study is the debate about the alleged tensions between integral competence development on the one hand and (domain-specific) knowledge development on the other hand. Continue reading Argumentation competence and domain-specific knowledge development

Teachers in higher education as knowledge brokers

Good news for Dr. Carla Oonk of the chair group of Education and Learning Sciences of Wageningen University and her team of co-authors . Her research on teacher competence profiles in higher education is truly interesting. In this study the teachers are being regarded as knowledge brokers on the boundary of theory and practice. The reference of the article will be for now: Oonk, C., Gulikers, J.T.M., Den Brok, P.J., Wesselink, R., Beers, P.J., & Mulder, M. (accepted). Teachers as Brokers: Adding a University-Society Perspective to Higher Education Teacher Competence Profiles, Higher Education. As soon as the article is published more information about the content of it will be given here.